Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Bee news

And not our Bee in NZ.  I was at the gym today and met a neighbour up the road who harvests organic honey.  She shared some information on bees that I found interesting.  The queen bee lays winter bees which live for six months and they form a circle around her, wrapping her in their warmth over the wintertime.  She lays summer bees in the warmer weather that only live three weeks.  Imagine having a lifespan of three weeks.  She also said that they leave 50 lbs of honey in the hive so that the bees can eat all winter.  She also said that it's getting harder for them to find areas that are free from chemical sprays.  Where she lives up the road, it's so rocky that no farming occurs and this is where many of their hives are.  As she said, it isn't a business that can grow because of the lack of fields that are not contaminated by nearby farms.  Bees fly only a certain distance around where their hives are located.  Their honey, Hockley Valley Organic Honey is so good.  It's amazing the difference in taste.  She said they'd received a letter recently from dog owners whose dog had been injured and they used her honey on the wound and it was healed in no time.

Just thought a little bit of news that wouldn't come your way other than for me posting it here, might lighten up us northern Hemispherers who are dragging ourselves through the remainder of winter.

RoseyP in S. Ontario, Canada


At February 25, 2014 at 10:43 PM , Blogger Doris W. in TN said...

My sister and her DH kept bee hives for two summers and their honey is the absolute best I have ever tasted. I never knew how much money was spent/invested in keeping those hives, nor the amount of labor involved. I'll never again complain about paying $9 for ten ounces of local honey! DBIL didn't keep the hives last summer because the queens died, plus he was on chemotherapy and didn't need to be playing around bees and chemicals. He's fine now, and they're talking about starting the hives up again. They have ordered some queens, and hoping they will survive and thrive. I've squirreled away the last jar of honey from them, over a year old, and rationing myself with a spoonful here, a spoonful there. Hopefully their hives will be healthy and successful this year!

At February 26, 2014 at 7:12 PM , Blogger RoseyP said...

Doris, not to fear, I notice the Hockley Valley Honey Farm will ship...though shipping across the border may be suspect, after all organic honey may contain some deadly spores or something...!!


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