Sunday, September 4, 2011

Bee-attitude gratitude

We were able to christen our brand-spankin' new honey extracting equipment this weekend. While we haven't harvested our own backyard hive yet, friends brought the frames from theirs. We couldn't decide whether to play at being Hobbits at the house of Beorn or characters from the Hundred Acre Wood. Holy beehives, Batman, emptying ten frames of liquid gold was a lot of work, but the satisfying kind. We fortified ourselves with plenty of yummy food, great conversation, and of course, smackerals of H-U-N-N-Y.


video


Counting blessings

438 - Friendship/fellowship

439 - Divine order witnessed in a beehive

440 - The gentle honey bee

441 - Honey harvest

442 - The more than enough

443 - Bronwyn, who made this little slideshow





Joining Ann today

and Laura

27 comments:

monix said...

What a great harvest and what a lovely way of recording it. I think that beekeeping is like bread making, a real link with our ancestors, even though we have modern equipment to make it easier.
Maureen

Elisabeth said...

What an amazing experience! What a blessing! :) Was the the D. family I spied? That is one thing I would love to get my hand in one of these days.

Jodi said...

Maureen - it was a great harvest, and I couldn't agree with you more about the link to the past. I think that's why I enjoy it so much.

Jodi said...

Elisabeth - yes it was the D family you spied. And I recommend beekeeping highly - hope you get the chance.

Laura said...

How cool is that? My father-in-law used to keep bees, but that was pre-me. I love listening to his stories of that time. It was a lot of work and I think he had to let it go because of that. It looks absolutely captivating. Love the slide show, Jodi.

As for the Book of Common Worship, it has been such a blessing to me. I have been studying to be a Lay Minister for going on three years now and have found out the secret! This book has everything laid out for a worship service, personal readings and prayer, as well as many other gems. It may be a bit more information than the average person would be interested in, but it has been quite an education for me.

wishing you a day as sweet as hunny,
laura

Jodi said...

Thank you, Laura, and I wish you all the best in your studies. You minister well in your blog.

Tamara @ Living Palm said...

wonderfully, deliciously lovely!

Chelsey said...

This is wonderful! Think how exciting it will be to harvest your own Hunny.

PS: Have you seen the new Winnie the Pooh movie?!?! It is so sweet and full of charm and wit. Our family loved it...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0flQHHzV7g&feature=related

Jodi said...

Tamara, thank you muchly.

Jodi said...

Chelsea, thank you, and I hope you'll forgive me if I confess that I've never been much of a Disney fan; especially their version of Winnie the Pooh. No one can beat E. H. Shepard's illustrations in my opinion. I guess you could say I'm a W.T.P snob.

emily wierenga said...

you are so cool.

Ostriches Look Funny said...

you know i love you, bee lady.

Michelle DeRusha@Graceful said...

I love that you are a beekeeper. I think that's very cool. Although if I did it, I would probably scream a lot...my boys mentioned recently that I scream a lot around bugs and butterflies.

Amy said...

Well, you can just call me Winnie. . .lovin' your HUNNY:) That bread and honey look beyond delicious. Honest, I think I'm tasting it just watching the pics. Yum.

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

This looks wonderful and brings back lovely memories not revisited in a long time, memories of a late summer afternoon at the home of my husband's cousin in Hungary. They kept bees and were using an extractor much like the one in your picture though far less shiny and new! Bees floated about in the warm quiet air and the smell was amazing.

Olivia said...

What a delight Jodi! Real honey is the best (the golden sweetness of summer sunshine and clover), and I must say your bread looks rather scrumptious as well...

Jodi said...

Kristi, thank you for sharing your memories. It has conjured up a lovely and romantic image in my mind.

Jodi said...

Olivia, you're right about real honey being the best. Thank you for the bread comment. It was my first experiment with the sourdough starter, and while the bread did not rise as much as I would've liked, it was surprisingly light and tasty. :)

Kat said...

What a beautiful amber harvest!

mountain mama said...

sweet {literally!} how much fun, i love your adventures! :)

Nancy said...

I love every smackeral of you. And, boy howdy, does that Bronwyn have talent! Wonder where that comes from?

"Divine order witnessed in a beehive." Artist and theologian, you are.

Bethany Ann said...

holy bee spit, batman! i barely recognized you in your new pic! (except for the classic pose)

Leslie said...

Thank you both, Jodi and Bronwyn, for allowing me to escape into the beauty of your day through your words and images (and music.) I needed just this, today :)

Pamela said...

I could just taste this on whole wheat bread! What an awesome way to spend a day.

Brian Miller said...

mmm...would love some fresh honey...how interesting to harvest your own...

Anonymous said...

I'll try to remember Bill's words from the comment he tried to post Tues. eve. mingled with some of my own...
Thank you, Jodi, for letting us christen your equipment! You are a "beorn" beekeeper, showing us how to uncap the honey as if you'd done it a thousand times before (skin changer?)
Somehow we left your homely house with bags heavier (honey pots and a crusty loaf) and hearts lighter.
We love the slide show and the VanGogh Bronwyn, and the time you spent with Audrey.
Milk and Honey...Milk and Honey...Milk and Honey...
Bill and Joan

Emily Young said...

love the song bronwyn picked!

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