Well mother's day has come and gone and life on the old homefront is back to normal. As normal as it can get anyway. We took mom out to brunch yesterday and then came home to veg out. She got her usual present from Sam which is a hand made card to go along with a potted flower. A couple of cards from Miranda and I and she thought her big day was complete. Little did she know.
Vick has been talking a while now about getting bees for honey. She is really wanting to get into the whole honey, soap making, and other crafts. Wanting to do the things that would help us make our little dent in the world self sustainable. So I went to the local bee expert and asked him for advice.
He and his wife had quite the little business going for themselves. Mostly dabbling in mason bee hives, he also had bat houses and various bird houses. Since Vick was only interested in honey it was a no brainer to ask him what I needed to get started. Low and behold he also had a couple top bar bee hives that he had just finished making.
After a hour of talking and me listening carefully, I was convinced that this was going to be exactly what Vick was looking for. Neither one of us has ever done anything like this but we both are interested in making our place the hobby farm we never have had. At least you don't have to find a sitter for your bees when you go on vacation!
So for now we are going to attempt to raise bees in the hopes that it will pay off in sweet success. I'm sure with a little research and Vick buying every beekeeping book known to man we will be rewarded with enough honey to at least get a taste for everyone. Hopefully not licking the same spoon either! So for now I need to make a level as can be platform for the hive to sit on. After I complete that Vick will need to figure out where she can buy bees at. It sounds like we will be starting with about 2k bees. Do you think we should invest in a bee suit?