Archive | March 2016

Update on Flow Hive and Newbies

I promised an update on how the bees and flow hive were going. We got 2 nuc’s with established queens about 10 days ago from a registered seller about 20 minutes from us. I posted pictures on Facebook. Having established queens means we should get honey this summer instead of waiting until next year. The seller told us to feed them 3 weeks. We made feeders from quart jars. We used the top boxes for this (remember we have 2 kinds of hives).
I have found the observation window on the flow hive to be great. I am able to check the feeder without disturbing them. I can also tell how active they are. So no matter whether I get more flow frames in the future or not I am going to build observation windows in my top boxes.

Enjoy the pictures!IMG_0009 IMG_0022 IMG_0029IMG_0002


Pine Needle Baskets

Just had to share some new baskets a North Carolina pine needle artist made for me. He has been doing pine needle art for several years now. However, his health has slowed down his working on them. So, I was thrilled when he said he wanted to make some last year. Aren’t they beautiful?!? The small one was what he thought I meant when I said I needed one to store things in on our bathroom counter. The bigger one is the one I am using in the bathroom. The lid makes it perfect to hide little things and keep the counter neater.

Now he is starting on some birds nest ideas for our yard and sale. I will be sharing them in the months to come. I never know how long it will take because of his health but I am curious as to what he comes up with next. Stay tuned!IMG_20160116_193742 IMG_20160116_193836