I’ve shoveled out of the snow and ice and I’m thinking Spring! This is inspiring me today…
I thought rooftop beekeeping was something new. Not so! Here’s an article about a rooftop apiary circa 1912. Fascinating!!
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This is my new pupster Albert Einstein. He has wild white hair, a jaunty mustache and dark expressive eyes. He is also much smarter than I am!
Yes, I still miss The Noble Bayard desperately. However, I must confess that he was too huge to be dressed up for Halloween.
The one time I tried, the extra extra large costume was still too small. His front legs stuck out akimbo. He looked hysterically funny, but he couldn’t really trick or treat. Or walk for that matter.
In comparison, Albert was born to be a fashion plate. Here he is in his bee costume!!
The weird thing is that I HAVE to dress him or he gets too cold!! That means many more pictures of Albert dressed for the seasons. :)
- KingBee Saves The Bees (whatyouwrite.com)
- Albert Einstein facts (knyima.wordpress.com)
- Albert Einstein Quotes and Interesting Facts: a Legend of Science & Philosophy (guardianlv.com)
- The world is a … (rodandaniel.wordpress.com)
- The life and times of Albert Einstein_on Exploration (noliesradio.org)
- Inspirational You…………………… (theeverydayicon.wordpress.com)
- An Einstein Selection; and a poem (tommustpedal.com)
- Fiery end completes successful mission for ATV Albert Einstein (sen.com)
- Introducing Mathematicians from History 10 : Albert Einstein? (oxfordhomeschooling.co.uk)
Given that I keep stingy insects like honey bees, it’s not surprising that hot and spicy foods are my favorites!
In my humble opinion, the taste of a mouth-burningly hot dish, tempered with the uniquely flavorful sweetness of honey, is one of life’s greatest pleasures!
My bees must feel the same way because my friends swear that my honey tastes a bit spicy. I think that’s part of its charm!!
Anyway, here’s my recipe for homemade honey Sriracha. You may never use store-bought again!!
Place all the ingredients except the honey in a jar and let sit overnight to mellow the heat of the peppers.
Place the mixture and honey in small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, then lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool to room temperature.
Transfer to a blender and puree for about 5 minutes, until a smooth, orange-red mixture forms. Run through a strainer, extracting as much juice as possible.
Once refrigerated, the sauce should have the same consistency and texture as store-bought Sriracha, but less salty and fresher tasting!
One of the many great things about Farmers’ Markets is that you can find unprocessed honey, also known as raw honey, for sale. Most of the honey sold in grocery stores has been pasteurized and sometimes even blended with cane sugar or corn syrup. However, raw honey is naturally antiseptic and does not need pasteurization.
People have been using raw honey for its health benefits for millennia. Raw honey contains pollen, enzymes, antioxidants and many other beneficial compounds that researchers are just beginning to discover. These compounds largely disappear during processing. The general rule is the darker the raw honey, the more nutritious it is.
Recent research supports the theory that local honey– obtained as close as possible to where you live–may help build an immunity to seasonal allergies. Honey made by bees in the vicinity of an allergenic plant will contain tiny amounts of pollen from that plant. This honey will act as a sort of vaccine if taken in small amounts–a few teaspoons per day–for several months, and can provide relief from seasonal pollen-related allergies.
Raw honey contains powerful cancer-fighting antioxidants, while pasteurized honey does not.
Raw honey contains many enzymes that can help some people digest food more easily so it may also help treat ulcers and diarrhea.
Vitamins and Minerals
The nutrient content of raw honey varies (darker honey is more nutritious), but a 1-ounce serving contains very small amounts of folate as well as vitamins B2, C, B6, B5 and B3. Minerals including calcium, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, sodium and zinc are also found in raw honey.
Wound and Skin Care
Honey has anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties. It is used by the medical profession to treat wounds, burns, and various other skin conditions including acne.
Honey is also useful in treating upper respiratory infections. Studies have shown that a small dose of raw honey was more effective than an over-the-counter cough treatment. Be sure not to give any honey, either raw or treated, to a child under the age of 12 months.
Blood sugar regulation:
Even though honey contains simple sugars, some researchers believe it does not affect the body in the same way as white sugar or artificial sweeteners. Honey’s exact combination of fructose and glucose may actually help the body regulate blood sugar levels.
In addition to its health benefits, it is a scientific fact that cooking with honey makes food taste better. Honey contains gluconic acid, a completely safe and natural flavor enhancer. According to the National Honey Board, honey “balances and enhances the flavor profiles of other ingredients used in a recipe.”
A little honey makes everything better!
My two new hives of Buckfast bees had a rocky start.
They hated the plastic foundation I was using and built comb almost everywhere else. From the ceiling of the Hive cover mostly…
I replaced the plastic foundation with wax and they were a bit happier. Not a pretty sight from the inside however.
Now Hive Number Two seems to have slipped a bit from its moorings. This will be fixed ASAP.
The good news is that both hives are happy and healthy and prospering! I couldn’t ask for anything more!!
- A Tale of Two Queens (lencionidesign.wordpress.com)
- Beautiful Beekeeping – I Was Framed! (romancingthebee.com)
- Beautiful Beekeeping – If It Isn’t Broken… (romancingthebee.com)
- Four Things My Hobby Taught Me About Finding Work (forbes.com)
- New Hive(s) – Installation Update (beesomebody.wordpress.com)
- Bee Update – June 22 2013 (comptonverneylandscapegarden.wordpress.com)
I’ve never liked smoking my bees. Smoke calms them down all right, but they aren’t quite themselves for a day or two. I figured a few minutes of bee panic is better than several days of befuddlement.
I’ve never smoked when installing a new package of bees. It hasn’t seemed necessary. They’ve been more than happy to get out of that dreadful packing box.
Likewise I haven’t smoked when I’ve opened the hive for only a few seconds to feed or stick in a frame or two.
Today I pushed the envelope. Big mistake!
I wanted to switch out frames in a new hive from one deep box to another. Not for a good reason, mind you, but because I liked the paint color of the second box better. It wasn’t going to take very long.
It turns out that from the bees’ perspective it isn’t so much how long the disruption is but how distressing. Moving a frame with the Queen on it is apparently very distressing!
My gentle hive stung me five times through my bee suit and then went after the landscapers working next door. Thank goodness the landscapers did not get stung!
I quickly closed up the hive and ran inside, followed by a few angry girls. My dog, the Noble Bayard, ate them with gusto. All is quiet now.
I’m going back out shortly to finish the job. Needless to say, I’m going to smoke from now on. It’s better for all of us!!
- Beekeeping Equipment (lostlakegardens.wordpress.com)