Thursday, December 1, 2011


 The snow is here to stay. I have taken down the electric fence and lets hope that the bears have gone for the long winter nap

Thursday, November 24, 2011


I find that by late afternoon my energy has faded, so I tried this quick energy pick me up.
It stops me from raiding the cookie jar!

Mix  1tbsp. honey
        1 tsp. cinnamon

Aprox 50 cal.
PS buy organic cinnamon from a health food store.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


My stepson Ron made this bee from an old propane tank and other odds and ends

Thursday, November 17, 2011


 We are having our first snow fall of the year and the hive hasn't been wrapped yet.
Hope they are warm enough!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


"Nothing in this world as small as a bee has as large of an impact on man"

Just love the happy faces of the sunflower.
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Monday, November 14, 2011


When I put on my bee jacket Sadie knows that the house is the best place to bee!


My bee mentor (Popa Jim) arrived to check out my beehive and equipment.  He is old school so my fancy English garden hive was a mystery to him.  It was eight frames not 10 frames!  That would be a problem.

He gave me a list of items that I needed to order before getting started.  As  I called the bee supply company I didn't have any idea what I was ordering let alone what I was talking about.  It was like speaking a strange language.  When my supplies arrived (they were quick) Jim taught me how to assemble beehives, wire the frames, and carefully insert wax sheets into the frames.  I wasn't very good at it at first but later found it very relaxing!  However at this point I began to feel that I had bit off more than I could chew. I had so much to do before my girls arrived and when they arrive, THEY ARRIVE.

Spring was wet and not ideal bee weather.  Next I  had  to find a good location for the hive.  Location location location! My first choice was too close to the property beside me, the next spot was on the outskirt of the vegetable garden,that just didn't feel right.  The best spot was Jim's idea and what a good idea that was.
On the east side of the chicken coop would be were they reside.  The chicken didn't mind at all.
Protected in the winter,sunny, and close to the house.

It's bee day, a five frame nuc was delivered on a beautiful day in May.  They seem to be happy in the new hive.  Thank goodness.  I had visions that they would all fly away and I would be left with an empty hive!
I  belong to the Muskoka Parry Sound Beekeeper Association and I have a certificate of registration for my bees.  Our meeting provide valuable information and it is  good chance to socialize with other beekeepers.
I am responsible for these crazy little beings, I'm excited and nervous all at the same time.

The next step was to purchase the fencing to protect the hive from bears!  There is a great Home Hardware in Port Sydney.  It is pretty close to an old fashion hardware store, it has the electric fencer, chicken feed and a very friendly staff.  The girl at the cash gave us all a great laugh when she asked "does the electric fence really keep the bees in?'  Great store!

Now I can sit back and enjoy watching my busy bees.

It  has been two weeks since my bees arrived and it is time to check  the colony
The smoker is smoking, the veil on and the hive tool in hand. I am ready or am I? To be honest this is a little scary but once into the hive I am amazed at what I am seeing.
The queen has done a good job laying lots of bees in the brood chamber and my colony seems to be strong.

The clover, bumbleberries, dandelions are all in blooms and the bees are back and forth from early morning until late in the day. Often while walking to the chicken run I will get pinged in the head with a bee returning to the hive.

It is now August and it's time to harvest some honey!  Very exciting and I'm hoping that my girls have done a good job.
 I am working with a very busy beekeeper and harvest day wasn't the best of days to  open a beehive.
As we were well into removing the frames from the hive, it started to rain.
The bees began returning to the hive( bees not do well in the rain) and they were not impressed that the hive was taken apart and we were stealing honey.  To defend the hive they stung both me and my granddaughter Raine.
I felt so bad that her first real bee experience wasn't very positive.

Off to the honey house in Windermere to extract,strain,and bottle the honey.  It is very hot heavy work.  I now know why honey is expensive.
I brought home about 60 pounds of beautiful golden honey.  I was exhausted but very pleased with my girls!  I now feel that I can call myself a BEEKEEPER.......Thats awsome and it's something I always invisioned I would do in my lifetime.  I'm turning 60 this September so that is proof that it's never too late to follow your DREAMS!

October 6 2011
As I pass the hive  the sweet smell of honey reminds me that we are getting close to the last harvest of 2011.  This harvest went without a hitch this time and produced another 60 pounds of honey.

Now that  the hive empty it is time for the bees to stock up for a long winter. They must work that much harder as most flowers are no longer blooming. The purple aster and the goldenrod are in bloom so lets hope the weather holds up and the bees can fly.

I have been busy making tags for my jars of honey and to be honest I have been struggling with a name for the honey. I go back and forth from Taylor Road Bee Farm to Backyard Bees.  Any ideas?


In September of 2010 my two daughters give me a beehive for my birthday. Now beekeeping would become a reality. Over the winter I painted the hive and found a local beekeeper to help me

That was the easy part...

Saturday, November 12, 2011


Fresh eggs & honey for baking.  The beeswax candles are handy if the power goes out!

Friday, November 11, 2011


Woke up to our first bit of snow.  A perfect day to try out a new recipe.

Oat & Honey Bars/makes 24 bars
1/2 c vegetable oil,1/2 c honey,2 tsp vanilla ext1 large egg (in my case 2 small eggs)  the banty hens lay small eggs,2 c old fashion rolled oats, 3/4 unbleached flour,1/2 c brown sugar,1/2 c toasted wheat germ,1/2 c raisins, 1/2 cup almonds or walnuts (opt)3/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 F Line 13" by 9" baking pan with parchment paper 
Mix oil,honey egg vanilla in a small bowl
In a larger bowl mix oats, flour, sugar, almonds, wheat germ, raisins and salt
Blend liquids mixture into dry mixture and stir until completely blended 
 Press (use fork dipped into cold water) mixture evenly into baking dish  
Bake for 30-33 mins Cool & cut into squares. Aprox 155 cal a bar.
Yummy & healthy....Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Warm November Day

Today was unseasonally warm for November.  Our high was 14 C or 57 F.
The sky was mainly cloudy,  however a few bees did come out of the hive.

Just a quick peek then back  inside to work!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Toronto's Fairmont Royal York Hotel is the residence of over 10,000 honeybees.
Three queen bees and their entourage live atop of this famous landmark in
downtown Toronto.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Season End

Its fall and the bees aren't flying very much.  However, on a sunny fall day the girls take flight!

Warm November Day

On October 28th when production has ended my bees are medicated.  This will protect them from a mite that is killing our honeybees worldwide.

The Birds & The Bees

My chicken and bees are good friends.  The chicken coop helps block the cold westerly winds.

Eggs and honey...

Honey House

Straining the honey.  I love the warm colour of the spring harvest.  Golden Honey Yummy!

Bee Condo

My first year as a bee keeper.  Bees are happy gathering pollen and nectar in Muskoka.