14 responses

  1. Jacqui
    June 18, 2013

    W-O-W! What a gem of a hive. Very clever, thanks for the show and tell. Became somewhat distracted by the makings of a vegie patch in the background and the surrounding orchards. Looks like fun.

    • Tom
      June 19, 2013

      Jacqui, sounds like video orchard and veggie patch tour are in order. I’ll share shortly, once I get through planting the veggie patch; I’m pretty late this year, but around the Northwest, that really doesn’t matter, I’ve found. They don’t call it June-uary for nothing.
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      • Karen
        June 19, 2013

        How about pointing your camera at the greenhouse also? You promised pictures of the doors:-) With all this excitement on the farm, you must not be getting much hammock time;-(

        I always enjoy your writing and pictures. Between you and Clare at Curbstone Valley, I have been getting a real education this spring!

  2. miffy
    June 19, 2013

    U r my favorite honey! Will show this, with ur approval, to my students…fantastic!

  3. Ina gawne
    June 19, 2013

    Tom – what a great bee hive. How lucky to have a good friend to help you out…and how awesome to have your own honey!
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    • Tom
      June 19, 2013

      Thanks Ina, yep David is a generous soul, he is, and hopefully we’ll get honey this year. I’ll certainly tell you about it if we do.
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  4. Kate
    June 19, 2013

    Hi, Tom!
    Since the swarming and “re-hiving” events at your place. I have noticed a complete drop in the numbers of honeybees visiting the watering stations I had been tending for them over here during the past few weeks. Yesterday I only had one sad hornet trying to backstroke across one of the water “saucers”. Thanks for posting this delightful bee “saga” for us.
    Neighbor Kate

    • Tom
      June 19, 2013

      Kate, come on over any time and I’ll open the “window” to the top bar hive so you can get a closer look at your other neighbors. ;-)

  5. Martha McLemore
    June 19, 2013

    Tom, I hope you won’t mind that I’ve shared your blog/URL with a blog friend in England (Tunbridge Wells). He mentioned swarming bees in his recent post and I immediately thought of your fascinating apiary adventures.

    Did they ever get the dead bee out of the hive entrance?

    I’ve enjoyed this series so very much. Thank you!
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    • Tom
      June 19, 2013

      Oh course Martha, always feel free to share anything you find here. One early morning I took off the wire guards and brushed out the dead bees, and then yesterday we removed the guards altogether. We opened the hive to check on the queen, and she is busy, active and healthy. The bees were doing this amazing thing called festooning where they hang down the frame like a bee necklace of sorts, that the bees link together to measure appropriate distances within the hive for the honeycomb. I wish I would have filmed that.
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      • Martha McLemore
        June 20, 2013

        Now you’ve done it, Tom! I’m off to cruise the internet to learn about festooning, bee-style, and anything else I can find.

        Their behaviors speak of greater intelligence than I’d have thought insects possess. I must learn not to be so specie-arrogant.

        Thanks, again.
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  6. Eileen
    June 20, 2013

    Wow… totally fascinating! So glad you did the video!

  7. Linda Kozak
    February 5, 2014

    Hi, Tom,

    I just discovered your blog while looking for Vashon honey! Very cool blog. But the reason I was looking for honey is that I would like to buy some!

    Your neighbor,
    Linda Kozak

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