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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Bee Thankful...

 Sunday afternoon, there was a celebration and the sun came out for the guests of honor.
 Yes, once again, it was...
 This year, with all the cool weather, it was even more important for people to 
come and learn about the importance of the humble honey bee.
First we had a look inside an empty hive box...
This is something you can't see when it's full of bees, unless you're in full bee armor.
Then we had a look inside a plexi glass display hive which was where the queen was...
she's the one dawning blue nail polish...
Every year, beekeeper Bob, paints a dot of colour on the queen to keep track of her and 
how old she is. The colour determines the year...this queen was decked out in a lovely shade of blue.
Bees are in serious trouble and you may know from reading my blog that 1/3 of every bite
of food you take is because of the honeybee.
They live to pollinate.
We survive because of them.
If bees die off, we will too.
Bob held a captive audience while he explained the life of bees...
He's been at it for over 40 years and works tirelessly to ensure the survival
of our most important insect friend.
Some of the hives, overlooking the ocean at Gordons beach.
One of his lovely sheep, overlooking the humans at Tugwell Creek honey farm...
Curly, Larry and Moe being VERY vocal about us coming too close!
Next it was off to test the wares...
Liquid Love!
Yum!
Not only does Bob and Dana make marvelous honey, but they make some
wicked Mead, an ancient wine like beverage made from honey...
 two of my favorites came home with me...
There was face painting for the kids...
Bees on the walls...
Bees in the trees...
Bees on Bob...
Trying on bee hats...
This one was almost a bee suit for the littlest one...
Here's some tips for  bee friendly living...
The hives at our place are slow going but hopefully once the weather warms up, food will 
be plenty and the soft drone of buzzing will fill the air.
Bee humble.
Bee careful.
Bee thankful.
Visit the farms website here...




3 comments:

Brenda Stratton said...

Great Post Kerry. Great photographs as well. You really are a wonderful story teller. xxxb

stoneangel said...

Gorgeous post. Even though I am highly allergic to bee stings I love these creatures dearly and protect them no matter what. hank you for the beautiful story.

Cobalt Violet said...

OK first, that was an awesome post.
Second, I want to try mead!!! I have only read about it and know it from Bill Shakespeare! What's it like?