Wednesday, May 13

Our little homestead grows...





In case we weren't busy enough already, what with a very old house, a boys bedroom to finish, a roof to put on, foster classes, five kiddos, and a passel of poultry - we've branched out into little cute buzzing things.






This is just a temporary box. The honeybees get moved into their new hive next.

A very, very long time ago, I stood *very* still holding the smoker for my Dad as he moved and checked hives. I never got stung once, even though I was just wearing shorts and a t-shirt so this brings back happy memories. We think we'll try the one hive for a year and maybe add another next year.

7 comments:

Laryssa Herbert said...

How fun! I've always dreamed of having my own bees.

We have been praying and looking into adopting a sibling group from foster care. We already have a 9 year old son and a 3 year old daughter.

I read that you all are doing the same. If you have some time (ha!) I'd really like to ask you some Mother to Mother questions that I can't get answered on the web.

My email address is: laryssa@heaveninthehome.com

Janel said...

My oldest son will be so jealous! He spent most of the fall studying everything he could get his hands on about bees. We were going to get him a hive this spring for his birthday. We're not zone for it. {sigh} He was soo disappointed. Me too.

Enjoy!

Tesa said...

Oh, what an exciting addition! My husband would love to have bees... we are sad that we cannot in our city limits.
I'm sure this will add great memories for your kiddos, too. (and sweet things to eat!)

Persuaded said...

how exciting! you'll have to share the honey-harvesting process with us... in due time of course;)

Pam said...

I am so very impressed. I just finished reading "The Keeper of the Bees" by Gene Stratton Porter so I have a lovely picture of you all with this new undertaking and the fun and bounty you will have with it!

Anonymous said...

You will find that the bees do most of the hard work themselves! The honey harvest is a lot of work, but you get the payoff of natural honey and beeswax.

My husband is a beekeeper and our boys (age 10 and 6) love to help with the bees.

monika said...

Oh, bees are fun. I have fond memories of the day when dad would take the frames out of the hives and we all took turns spinning them (I'm sure I'm using the wrong words here - for some reason my English classes didn't include the proper terms for beekeeping). The entire ground floor of the house would be sticky, but it was so much fun! I was only stung once that I remember, but poor mum was stung every year.