adventures in beekeeping: hooray! we've got larvae

Yippee! The queen is in the house! After a week of wondering if our bees were in danger without royalty to guide them, we are pleased to report that our hive’s queen is indeed in residence. Chad darted up to the cottage the other day to check things out. When he pulled the files out of the hive, not only did he find that our little winged pals had been super busy producing honeycomb, but they’re making more bees. That’s right, he saw some baby bees! I swear the pride in Chad’s voice when he called with the news was comparable to our first Isadora-ultrasound. It is very exciting. In the photo above, you can see the honeycomb they are building — isn’t its shape amazing? And if you click here you can see the latest video of the fun on YouTube. More buzzzzzzzz soon! — Angela M.

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adventures in beekeeping: hooray! we’ve got larvae

Yippee! The queen is in the house! After a week of wondering if our bees were in danger without royalty to guide them, we are pleased to report that our hive’s queen is indeed in residence. Chad darted up to the cottage the other day to check things out. When he pulled the files out of the hive, not only did he find that our little winged pals had been super busy producing honeycomb, but they’re making more bees. That’s right, he saw some baby bees! I swear the pride in Chad’s voice when he called with the news was comparable to our first Isadora-ultrasound. It is very exciting. In the photo above, you can see the honeycomb they are building — isn’t its shape amazing? And if you click here you can see the latest video of the fun on YouTube. More buzzzzzzzz soon! — Angela M.

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meg's green finds: artisan temple birdhouses


Between the sunny spring days and all of the yard work I’ve been doing, I guess it makes sense that I’m focused on garden-related finds these days. In particular, I’m totally enamored with artist Carol Garringer’s gorgeous Temple Birdhouses. Made with recycled chandelier parts and lighting fixtures, they epitomize the magical spirit of outdoor spaces and the unique beauty of found objects. Each piece is signed and numbered by the artist. Available here for $50. –Meg D.

Read more of Meg’s tips for stylish, green living at her blog, Style Saves the World.

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meg’s green finds: artisan temple birdhouses


Between the sunny spring days and all of the yard work I’ve been doing, I guess it makes sense that I’m focused on garden-related finds these days. In particular, I’m totally enamored with artist Carol Garringer’s gorgeous Temple Birdhouses. Made with recycled chandelier parts and lighting fixtures, they epitomize the magical spirit of outdoor spaces and the unique beauty of found objects. Each piece is signed and numbered by the artist. Available here for $50. –Meg D.

Read more of Meg’s tips for stylish, green living at her blog, Style Saves the World.

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adventures in beekeeping: where's the queen?

Here it is, one week after installing the bees into our new hive. The time had come for us to check on their progress. We needed to see that they were getting to work, building honeycomb, collecting pollen and nectar. Also, we wanted to confirm that queen was still in there, getting lots of attention and laying eggs (sometimes in a new hive, the queen may leave). I must admit it is a little scary approaching a thriving hive in the middle of a sunny day. I stood back a few feet while Chad got up close and personal with the hive. He carefully pulled out each “file” and inspected it. We couldn’t believe how much honeycomb these little guys had produced after just a few days! It’s so amazing. But, unfortunately, we could not spot the queen and don’t think we saw any evidence of eggs. It’s really hard to tell though, with hundreds of bees buzzing around on each file — as the above image shows. If you click here you can see a mega-sized image. Perhaps you can spot the queen? We couldn’t! We’re trying not to panic though. Chad’s going to check again this week, and hopefully he’ll spot her or evidence of eggs. If not, we may have to order another queen — pronto — and hope our hive survives! — Angela M.

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