Monday, March 25, 2013
The B word....
....or should I say a pair of B words. The last few weeks on the homestead have been all about baby bunnies and bees. Charles' blue ribbon winner Dot, had kits in the wee morning hours of March 8th. This is our first experience with baby bunnies and it has been so much fun! It is simply amazing how quickly they grow. They have gone from little pink things to sweet bundles of fur, each developing their own little personalities. We can't wait to see how they continue to develop.
We ordered two new colonies of bees the beginning of the month, and this weekend we picked up another hive from the beekeeper that we bought our hives from last year. Of the two hives we went into the winter with, we lost one of them. They were queen-less going into winter and already starting to thin out late last Fall. The hive from the wild swarm that B captured last summer seems to be humming right along. If all continues to go well we should be able to split that hive mid-spring, which will give us four hives total going into summer. As a result of the lost hive, we had an unexpected honey harvest this weekend. It is all draining now, but it looks to be more successful than the single boxes that we pulled off of the two hives last fall. To top it off, this honey has a completely different flavor...simply fantastic!
Though we were sad to lose the one hive, we know that it is a fact of life. It seems fitting that nature took something from us at the same time she gave us something in return, the two B's.