Honey Bees

This morning I got a message from a friend of mine who set me up with my honey bee hive.  He was heading out to his bee yards and wanted to know if I was up for playing the part of assistant bee keeper.  Alas, I’ve got about one hundred cupcakes in the oven for my son’s grad party Saturday, so it just wasn’t in the cards for today.  But, he did drop by to check on my hive and to put a new hive on top of the first one.  This is my first experience with bees, and we’ve only had them for a few weeks, so I’m pretty clueless.  Thank goodness they like to be left alone for the most part.  When Brett took the lid off the hive, it was full of comb and some honey.  Pretty exciting!  He scraped that off into a bowl and we got our first taste of the honey.  Super sweet, and so, so good!  I thought I was looking forward to honey harvest time before.  Now I’m counting the days until I see it dripping through a sieve in my kitchen.

Our very first taste of honey from our hive.



Farmers market season is about to begin for me. This will be my first time having a table at a market, so there are a lot of unknowns. But hey, everything is a learning experience, right? My booth is called A Taste of Kent, because I’m planning to use as many local ingredients as I can in my jams and jellies. I’m lucky enough to have a great rhubarb patch, so I’ve been making rhubarb ginger and rhubarb vanilla jam.
It’s also my oldest son’s high school graduation. So canning, gardening, and party planning are all sort of rolling into each other. I’ve got a few late nights ahead!! And need to find a way to maximize freezer space. I’m hoping to make enough at the market this year to afford a new upright feeezer. Now, off to transplant more peppers….

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Getting it all done

My daughter hatched these little fellows in her biology class and brought them home. Chicken and Nugget love the front yard.

It’s been a busy spring. Establishing a new (large) vegetable garden, transplanting 40 raspberry canes, bringing in a honey bee hive, two chickens coming home from a high school biology class….oh, and my oldest son graduates in a week and a half! So much to do, trying to get it all in. Most days I feel like I’m failing at all the things I’m trying to get done by deadlines (mine and Mother Nature’s). So today, I’m trying to look at the positives. There are 67 tomato plants in the garden. The A frames to grow them all are not done yet, but it’s coming. Right? That’s a success. I’ll just try and forget that the peppers are still waiting to go from grow cells to earth. At least, for this afternoon.