Monday, July 2, 2012

We're In The Honey

Another 'new beginning Monday'. Hello friends, I hope you all are refreshed from a sweet weekend.

 Speaking of a sweet weekend.....You are not going to believe this, we are still pinching ourselves this morning. Yesterday, when the Mr. went to put a pollen patty in the year old hive, he noticed, a flurry of bee activity about 15 feet from the hive that now houses the swarm from last weekend. He went over to the neighbors tarp covered trailer, only to discover...another 'swarm'!

He came home and rushed to get the new hive box that he just purchased on Friday, it hasn't even been painted.

I got my bee gear on too in case I needed to help out.  I felt safe enough to get right in there and get some good shots for you all.

I love how the bees look suspended in mid air!  I am so pleased with the camera on my phone...not bad.

My honey watching them make their way in to their new home..He did have to do some mild encouraging.

This makes 3 swarms coming all within about a 100ft radius.  We are trying to figure out why this is looks as though they keep coming down from the hillside.  If anyone knows about this, we would love your thoughts on this.

On to the big Happy Birthday USA, party on the 4th.  I'm sure you all have your menu planned and will be having the family favorites as usual and perhaps a few new items as well.

I will be trying my hand at a Mixed Berry Pavlova, and in keeping with the 'red, white and blue' theme, will be adding blueberries too.

Isn't this one a beauty?  I searched for an image but this one came with a recipe too, you can find it here.

My question to you....Have you ever made Pavlova and, if so, how did it go?

I will be brave once again and share the results of my endeavor...fingers crossed that it goes better than the Macaron caper.

Have a lovely day, I will be off to the Bee Supply later, to replenish our hive boxes...just in case!    xo


polkadotpeticoat said...

Sheri those bees look so scary, my dad tried to raise bees once....don't remember how it turned out though....that desert looks so good!

Lap Dog Knits said...

I find all this bee activity so interesting - scary but interesting.
I'll have to do a bit of googling on this "swarming" and how does one move "swarming" and why would you want to move them???
You're a brave bee suit? It would be inside of an enclosed car...far away...watching...biting my nails.

Alison said...

I have not made a Pavlova, but I'm sure looking forward to your blog post about your results. I'd like to try it some day.

Those bee shots kind of creep me out.

E.lizabeth said...

how do you stay calm. i would be a nervous wreck around bees. i was never stung until my adult life. i would hop over flowers as a kid just to miss them. ha. ha!! it worked for a while & then i opened a mail box & one got me. it hurt terrible. i've never heard of Pavlova. can't wait to hear & see more. have a great week. (:

Unknown said...

Holy moly. Those are some nice shots of the swarm!

I've never made a pavlova, but I was interested in trying after watching one of chef John's videos on foodwishes. He makes everything seem easy:

Floss said...

Wow! Incredible photos! All the Brits made Jubilee Pavolva last month, with blueberries and red fruits making up the shape of the Union flag. I guess you could do the same with the Stars and Stripes? We made a pavolva once, I think, but Ben is our meringue man, and I just added the fruit...

Lynn said...

Cool shots, just glad you're taking them and not me! Haven't tried the Pavolva and look forward to hearing about it! Happy 4th of July Week-enjoy:@)

Paula said...

Did your husband have to smoke the bees to get them to go in the hive?

vintage grey said...

Look at all those bees! What amazing honey you will have! The pavlova looks delicious! Happy 4th of July to you and your family!! xo Heather

ted and bunny said...

Sherri- the bees are coming to you- they know how lovely you are and how you'll look after them!

How lucky you are!

The one thing I do know for sure about bees (which you probably know anyhow) is that you have to tell them about important family events as they like to know these things, and then they'll stay with you and produce good honey. I do believe this is more than just an old English wives tale!

Have a wonderful week, bee happy!

Katiebee said...

those are great shots! i've always been interested in the life of bee's, just a bit apprehensive in dealing directly with them~ when we first moved to the country, i heard a hmmmmmmmmm noise, then noticed a black cloud moving down the lane~ chicken that i am, i grabbed my little dog & went inside~
you're a brave lady my friend!

wishing you a sweet day~



Kami said...

I can't wait to taste that honey!!

Lynn Proctor said...

this was fascinating---and no i have never made that dessert--it looks incredible :)

lisbonlioness said...

My Mum and I recently went to explore one of the larges graveyards in Leeds, and she managed to find a bee hive in a hollow tree.
I really love bees, I mean, who doesn't? Comely colour scheme, fuzzy, homely buzz, honey and all.
But, man, were those bees angry!
The buzz that hive gave off was proper annoyed, and the few, but determined scouts that came to check us out were determined, businesslike and utterly threatening on a very psych- warfare scale.
I managed to get one or two pictures that show nothing but a hollow tree before I legged it- not taking any chances with a bunch of buzzers hell- bent on getting the better of me!
So, hats off to you for getting those amazing shots, unless your bees were a helluva lot more civilized than the ones we happened across.
Needless to say my Mum was unfazed and photographed them long after I'd got away. Still shrugging and quietly wondering how. Mums...

Life in Rehab said...

Happy Independence Day, Sherry B! Come gather my bees anytime...I'm trying to convince them to move.