It’s the Bees Knees!

The Bees are Here

Yesterday Bill and I received the bees that we are sharing with Gina LaPointe of the Orleans Community Garden and John David Reinhold.

Settling IN

 I am so excited – they are already in an idyllic setting.  They have a view of the horses and a stand of birches. They are far from the road and are really sheltered by some white pines behind them, with some new poplars growing up near the hive so they can find it easily.

Last night I went to check on them after dinner, and they were pretty quiet.  The adventurous ones had found the Bee Bath, while most of the others were drinking the provided sugar water and setting up the hive household.  There were quite a few larvae already bunked into the frames when we transferred them into their new house, so the Queen is in there somewhere. I guess I’ll get properly introduced in the next week or two. 

Beeswax

The bees had the chance to make some extra beeswax while the were all packaged up on their way to our place.  This did not go into their hive since it was not on a frame, so I’ve brought it to the house. I’m going to see if I can make something with it – maybe lip balm or candles or something.  Such an adventure!

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My name is Francine - I live in the Ottawa area and I am passionately interested in encouraging individuals to improve their well-being. I teach mindfulness, offer on-going meditation practice at the Farm and in other locations. At present, I offer Meditation practice at the Hyer Destination Yoga Studio in Embrun. I have established the first Therapeutic Knitting Group in Canada, based upon the research going on in the UK. I have lived on Twin Willows Farm for the last 17 years and I have enjoyed the constant presence and companionship of horses. They helped me to adapt to country life and slow down my tempo, so that I can savour the great things that are happening now in my life.