Sunday, August 9, 2009

A Honey of a Day

Saturday was the day...Dean could hardly sleep the night before. It was the day to reap the rewards of the bee's labors. And our girls Caroline and Steve did very well. It was so fun to learn the process from our friends the Firths and the Winwards. Thanks for sharing and for a very fun day. We ended up with 7 gallons of honey from the first harvest which is about 84 pounds of honey. Can you believe Caroline and Steve were able to pull that off their first year being queen? Awesome!

This is what has been happening at our house
all summer long!

Here is a perfect frame of honey fresh from the
hive ready to be spun out. The honeycomb extends
out from the frame, is filled with honey and then
capped with wax when it is cured.

Fascinating...Caroline's frame on the left was almost
a golden yellow. Steve's frame on the right was nearly
white. The honey spun out golden and white just like the wax.
The taste from each hive was also completely different.
Cool huh?
Spring was up early and still in a happy mood...
nothing like a little honey rush in the morning!

Leisa showing us the correct way to remove the
wax cap on top of the cured honey.

Dean with perfect execution on his beloved honey!

Bob showing us how to spin complete with his
"I'm so sick of honey" face. They had spun
all their honey the day before. Ah...thanks guys!
The frames must spin 100 turns in each direction.
Also, don't forget to balance them...inside joke!

Getting ready to see the final product inside the canister.

And the moment we have all been waiting
for all summer.
Thanks Caroline, Steve, and the gang!


  1. Oh, I am so envious!!!! We haven't even gotten close to harvesting yet. Our top bar hive has been a bit of a disaster...should have listened to Mark Firth. We feel like we are flunking kindergarten! Can hardly wait to reap a few pounds of reward!

  2. Lisa, that is the coolest thing I have ever seen! Did you guys put bees in your backyard or something? I don't get it...

  3. Isn't it amazing! The winter brings the greatest reward - pure honey on homemade wheat toast. There is nothing like it.
    Isn't nature so amwsome?

  4. SORRY! I really do know how to spell AWESOME.

  5. of course it would come out amazing, with a queen like caroline, nothing can go wrong