adventures in beekeeping: building the hive

You know that I’ve been a little quiet on the blog recently because I’ve been falling madly love with our daughter, a little ten-pound three-month-old named Isadora. But what you don’t know is that Chad and I are about to start a new adventure at our Catskill cottage — beekeeping! Well, it’s really more Chad’s thing than mine, but I fully support this new hobby of his. For the past few months, he’s been reading up on beekeeping, learning most of what he needs through a company called Betterbee. The other day, he assembled the hive with the help of a brad gun (many, many nails were required). The bees arrive this Saturday. Chad has been trying to talk me into going with him to pick them at the farm, but my better judgement tells me NOT to be in a tiny Honda Fit with 5,000 bees. I don’t care how they’re crated: Isadora and I will hang at home, thank you very much. It’s exciting, though. I’m sure you’re aware of the serious perils currently facing honeybees. If our little efforts can help — not to mention produce some delicious honey — it will be well worth a few stings. — Angela M.

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I’ve read a lot about beekeeping with an eye to having a hive or two in our back yard. But when I made my plans public, the other members of my wee family were adamantly opposed.

We’ll see… maybe I can talk them around one day.

Good luck to you!

I love this…such a great idea! And I really like your blog:)

isadora sounds scrumptious!

bzzzz. i would freak out with all those bees.
my husband is a falconer + it took a long time for me to like having a bird on the glove on my glove i mean. i’m not as relaxed as he is.

Come to Cambridge!
Our neighbors down the street are bee keepers and their honey is the best we’ve ever had. We use it for the kids coughs in wintertime.
100 times better than nasty cough syrup!
It is also very good for hangovers :)

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We have a bee expert here in Seattle named Chad which lead to some confusing story telling this weekend when I was trying to figure out if it was you guys.

Good luck with the bees. I can put you in touch with the “other” Chad if need …bee.

(Oh that was so terrible).

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