About Me

My husband and I are determined to take steps toward a more sustainable lifestyle. For us this dream includes building our own home, growing our own food, and returning to a much simpler life. The process is a slow one, but we’re enjoying each milestone along the way.

One portion of the dream above includes keeping bees. Β I’ve long been interested in bees, so this is mainly my project, but Wayne has become a willing participant. Β This particular blog serves as my beekeeping journal. Β The goal is to document all my learning experiences along the way.


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  1. Hello, I was looking for some information on bee keeping, and came across your blog – brilliant – I have now book marked it πŸ™‚ I am about to go see my first hive tomorrow, I am nervous and excited, I loved looking through your pictures on your blog, they are fantastic shots. Have you had success with the crush and strain method of extracting honey?

    Take care

    ella. x x

    • Ella,

      I’m so glad you like the blog. I started it as a way for us to keep track of what we’re doing, but really enjoy sharing it with others. I’m getting a new camera this week (Canon G11), so I’m hoping to get much better quality pictures. Beekeeping has been a wonderful experience for us and I get so excited to see others trying it as well.

      This is our first full summer and we have not yet extracted any honey, but are hopeful that we might get some this year. If we do, I’ll definitely post all the details.

      Good luck to you and your (potential) bees!

      PS: You pictures are gorgeous πŸ™‚

  2. Hello again πŸ™‚

    Thank you for your reply, your blog is wonderfully informative on a level that is really helpful, great to see your problems and how you over come them too. Wow I am so scared the bees don’t like me or we don’t get on (do you know what I mean) I said to my partner last night – what if we are rubbish at it :/ eek. Yeah will be brilliant to see more pictures when you get your camera – I will be popping back often, I do love the picture very much you have already taken and looked at them all large to see the details too πŸ™‚ great|!

    I am yet to get my hive – I am considering building one as they can be expensive, that is wh I was interested in the crushing method of getting the honey out as the honey spinners look expensive too. I wonder if you can just cut off the wax and leave to drain so you still have the lovely comb too?

    It was really interesting to see the pictures of the comb/calls when the bees were building it not quite right and finally the picture of the perfectly built comb – do you know why they do this?

    Thank you for the photo comments πŸ™‚ I will defiantly have to take some pictures when I get the bee experience going πŸ™‚ Did you see our lovely doggy in the picture too?

    Take care love ella. x x

  3. Hi Julia love Russian sage and your informative posts. I am in middle of creating a page on Beekeepers Blogs and have added yours.

    • Georgie – I’m so glad you enjoy the blog. I’m honored to be a part of your list. Thanks so much!

  4. I am a fellow NC beekeeper. I was wondering where you were located and how things were going!

    • Hi Jared. We current have hives in two locations – a single hive in Lincolnton, and two in Morganton. We know our Lincolnton hive is doing well as we’ve seen the bees out and about in the recent warm weather, but we’re not quite sure about the hives in Morganton. My husband visited recently and noticed a lot of dead bees in front of the hive, but I would expect a bit of that. It’s a bit colder there, so they would naturally be less active than the hive closer to us. We’re keeping our fingers crossed!

      How are things for you?

  5. I am a new beekeeper in Vale. Did a quick ‘first inspection’ and was not very thorough due to simple fear of stings. However, what we did see was some strange shapes to the foundation that has been pulled. Seems it’s not all straight and even – some of it is trending towards the top of the bars. Is this normal?

    • Unfortunately, bees are not always as clean in building comb as one would hope. If you have, for example, a bit too much of a space in between the frames, they will often fill it for you. This can be done with comb, or with propolis depending on how large the gap is.

      Are you using plastic foundation by any chance? I tried using it only one and found that the result was less than satisfactory. Our bees just didn’t seem to like it. When we returned to beeswax based, they began building somewhat normally again.

      If you click through pictures on this site or other beekeeper sites, I think you’ll find that uneven comb is quite common.

      If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us – we’re always happy to help if we can.

      Best of luck in your beekeeping adventure!

      • Thanks so much for the reassurance! Yes, I’m using natural wax in a 10 frame hive. Now that I see other pictures, I guess I’m not the only one with over-zealous bees. I guess I could try to move the frames closer together.

        On another note – do you know of anyone (yourself maybe?) who might be interested in getting paid to do a ‘real’ hive inspection with me on my hive? My husband and I have only peeked twice and really don’t know what we are looking for. I’d hate to lose the hive due to my incompetence. I feel that we’d be more confident if we could actually see someone do it and ask questions during an inspection. I have been to a few classes and have a book – but it’s just not the same as the real thing! : )

        Thanks for any help or suggestions….

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