Last Saturday started out beautiful. A perfect day to harvest the honey. The SM and Mr. T suited up and set forth for the task armed with only their white marshmallow alien suits and a shop vac that when you put the hose on the out take side, it blows instead of sucks. Thus, the bees are blown away from the bee boxes where the honey is. At least that is the theory............
No one gave the memo to the bees before hand so it took a little more persuasion to remove themselves from the bee boxes then was hoped for but alas, the job was done and as you can see, I'm not sure if this Native is hurrying inside the house with a box full of trays filled with honey or if he is going off to some fencing class!
Did you know that one little bee makes about only one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in it's little lifetime? To make one pound of honey, bees must tap about two million flowers! Imagine! That can be about 55,000 miles to make one pound of honey. Isn't it incredible? And did you know, that honey is bee throw up?
Fascinated with all of my bee knowledge yet? Yeah, me neither. I got it all off of the Internet.......
As I was saying, this Native, not sure of his purpose...... swinging........... fencing......... actually, he was a huge help to his Pa. I have to say Pa cuz I feel all, "Little House on the Prairie" with us harvesting our own honey and all........ just don't ask me to be making a balloon for my little ones out of a pig's stomach. I've not got the stomach for it.
What I DO have the stomach for is this! Raw honey. Look at it just oozin' waiting for someone to put their finger in!
Sorry. Couldn't help myself.
Apparently I'm not the only one........
Anyhoo, it was a beautiful day for harvesting honey. The sun was out, the temperatures were perfect, The SM and Mr. T were able to get all of the bee boxes in the house and just in time.
Not a moment to soon. This started to happen. These clouds started to roll in and I mean roll. Not move or glide, roll.
The sky became very dark. Inside of the house it was dark as if evening. Supper time.
We've seen this before. The clouds coming in fast and low like this. Time to get everyone inside, all windows closed, the toys in the garage and the garage door closed, and then wait and see......
The wind increases and picks up. Not too bad. Yet. So noisy!
And then the rains come with the whipping wind. The rain coming side ways.
There was a bit of a mess to clean up after. We actually didn't get hit that hard. Further north of us received much damage as the winds and rains increased even more than we got if you can imagine! I sat outside on the front porch watching and amazed at what was taking place when literally just minutes before it was calm, the sun was out, it was beautiful............ I stayed until the wind changed direction and started sending the rain directly at my front porch.
After the storm, while it was still pouring rain, The SM and The Natives ran outside to see who needed help. They were gone for quite some time putting fences back up and picking up branches that had fallen in the yards of our neighbors. It's what they do. I love them so for it.
Isn't it beautiful? I think I've said beautiful a few too many times this post........ but it is a delightful sight is it not?
The grey you are seeing are little caps of wax that the bees put over each little honey cell to keep the honey inside.
Did you know that if you barely touch one of those caps it breaks easily and then honey starts to ooze out and you have no choice but to take your finger and clean the mess up licking as you go like a lollipop?
At this point I wanted to stick my whole head in the bucket and pretend I was a bear!
The day after the storm. I sat looking out my window as I once again was amazed at how crisp and clean everything looked. The colors so vibrant.
The air so fresh smelling. A cleansing.
Meanwhile, day two of harvesting, The SM using the best of equipment. Top of the line use what you've got equipment. That's how we roll 'round these parts.
Who needs a bucket of white flour when it can be donated to the cause of filtering this nectar?
Beautiful isn't it? Just beautiful............. and there's many many many more of this where it came from which makes the fun facts I told you about earlier all the more amazing. Bees. So tiny, and yet look at the good they do.