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Beekeeping

Beekeeping teaches you to appreciate a simple, yet complex creature that we tend to take for granted; you will practice patience – you will be calm (or you will get stung); you will meet new people and make new friends; and if you are good to your bees, you will eat honey.

Bees know exactly what they are doing. The most important lesson that I learned from a seasoned beekeeper… if you don’t know what you are doing, don’t do anything.

The experts couldn’t tell us why our bees swarmed, but one expert pointed out our new queen for us, so we knew our hive was going to be okay. We lost half our hive when they swarmed, but our bees still produced about 60 pounds of golden, sweet, sweet honey.

There are a good many resources on bees and beekeeping. We read a lot of them, watched a lot of YouTube videos, joined and attended a local beekeeping society, but a book I just happened upon at our local library’s book sale is the perfect resource for anyone interested in learning more about bees and beekeeping. The Honey Makers is undoubtedly my favourite bee keeping reference book. Sure, it’s a children’s book, but it is a good one. (I also have my Gramps’ beekeeping book, for the harder questions.)

Anyone who has kept bees will tell you it is a lot of work. You need to visit them often, assess their health at each visit, harvest the honey, prepare them for winter, and hope for the best.

I have so many plans for my share of the liquid gold, but right now I am eating it by the spoonful with a touch of cinnamon to stave off a cold.

Thank you bees.

September 30, 2011 at 8:00 pm Leave a comment

one potato, two potato…

I couldn’t wait any longer. I had to see what what my potato plants were doing under the dirt. I dug some up on the weekend and ate them straight away. I scrubbed, sliced and steamed them and sauteed them in a little butter and onions.

September 18, 2011 at 7:45 pm Leave a comment

All that glitters

Sometimes when things just don’t seem to be going well… you are presented with the unexpected. My daughter decided to give a fall leaf new life.

Glitter glue + fall leaf = an easy and fun craft.

September 13, 2011 at 7:58 pm Leave a comment

Garlic

Garlic from my garden.

September 5, 2011 at 6:15 am Leave a comment

Organic Potatoes

I'm growing red, white and blue organic potatoes from starts I made myself. As fall approaches, I am getting anxious to harvest.

My colleague John gave me some sweet potato seedlings in June. I was getting low on containers so I grew them in a reusable shopping bag. Considering they were the size of a finger in June, I think they are doing quite well.

September 1, 2011 at 7:54 pm Leave a comment

Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day 2011 ~ Do something nice for the planet today (and everyday if you can).

April 21, 2011 at 8:37 pm Leave a comment

On my Nightstand

It’s been a while since I shared what I’ve been reading. Here is a selection from the last little while.

  • I bought Green Smoothie Revolution by Victoria Boutenko because I was tired of searching high and low on the Internet for green smoothie recipes that are palette pleasing. I’ve made several recipes from the book and I have been very surprised by several of the recipes so far. This book also contains some good summaries on the health benefits of different greens and why it is important to switch up your greens.
  • Clean Food by Terry Walters is a cookbook that I thought I would test-drive from the library. I am becoming quite frantic as the due date approaches. I’ve bookmarked more recipes than I usually ever do. The banana-coconut-carob cookies are a favourite and the miso dressing has been the star of my salad all week. I think I might have to buy this one.
  • Green Crafts for Children by Emma Harding is full of inspiring craft projects for kids. However, it isn’t as green as I had hoped it would be. I was looking more for craft projects that use objects taken from nature and the focus here is more on recycled materials. Nevertheless, I copied a few of the craft projects in this book for future projects with my daughter before I returned it to the library.
  • Farm by Elisha Cooper is a great children’s book. It tells a story about a farm; plain and simple just like the title. The illustrations are beautiful and, I would think that any child that has visited a farm could relate to this book. For those who haven’t, this book will give them a realistic vision of how a farm operates.
  • I am still reading Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. I started this well researched book last summer. I had to put it down after the author visited the pig farm. Every now and again I pick it up and read another chapter, but it is slow going. Unfortunately I am a visual learner and I can picture far too much of what he is describing. This book will change what you buy and what you eat. Trust me.
  • The Curious Garden by Peter Brown is a delightful tale of a little boy who starts a garden on abandoned railroad tracks and how his garden transforms an otherwise bleak city. This children’s book is inspiring and a good approach to early understandings of nature in the city and human-environment relations.

What are you reading?

March 30, 2011 at 7:54 pm Leave a comment

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