Thursday, April 29, 2010

Bees and Wildflowers

Yesterday Cary and I made a trip to Baxley, Georgia to pick up 9 lbs of bees - 3 separate hives. They are all now safely in their hives with their respective queen bees and are buzzing around, licking up sugar water. The first thing they have to do is dig the queen out of her little cubicle, then they will start preparing the brood box chamber for her occupation. Two hives will be tended by the Pierponts on their horse farm near Flemington and one hive is here near the house. Bees are fascinating creatures and these appear to be quite tame. I stood around and took photos without any special netting or equipment to cover me. A few lit on me, but no stings!

We had a great day, though it was a long day, leaving about 7:30 a.m. and getting back about 7:30 p.m. We stopped in Odum, Ga. and had lunch with Cary's Uncle Bobby and Aunt Dorcas. They live on the original land that Cary's Grandpa Trull homesteaded, though the old house burned down. They have a pond on the back of the property where they enjoy fishing for catfish and brim.

I was totally wiped out by the time we got home. Took a quick shower, put on my jamies and climbed in bed. Cary cooked a chicken pot pie for each of us from the freezer, so I got up long enough to eat and went right back to bed. I have been in bed some this afternoon, with my feet and toes freezing and feeling a little numb. The scar tissue around my arm is pulling and a little painful, more so than usual. Don't know what has happened there.

The poppy blossom is from the collection of wildflower seeds our daughter, Bobbie, brought back from her trip to Antonio, Texas last year. I scattered them around during the coldest weather, the chickens scratched them in (I thought they were eating them). They really came up very well and I'm hoping to have seeds again for next year.

How Great God Is!



  1. My daddy always kept bees. Sometimes we would find a new swarm in the woods behind our house and he would smoke and charm them and bring her ladyship back and the bees would move into one of our hives. Daddy said they would never sting you on purpose if you were not afraid. He always called honey, "the perfect food." :))

  2. These bees are very tame. Their legs are loaded with pollen when they come to their "landing strip" on the hive. Your Daddy is right, honey is the perfect food.

    I hope to be able to tend them myself after I have learned more about them. Cary has brought bees here before but we lost them. I think they are fascinating creatures. Did you know they are not aerodynamically designed to fly?

  3. I had read that they shouldn't "bee" able to fly but I don't understand how an airplane should be able to fly either. ha! I bet the bees will love your yard. They won't have to travel far for pollen.

    Am going to try baking an un-iced chocolate cake with ricotta cheese and almond milk this week. If it isn't too sad, I will bring you some.

    Am having a hard time getting back in work mode and it's Mother's Day week which is a busy time for me.

    Take good care. (((you)))