Old Sweetwater

Old Sweetwater

Saturday, January 30, 2010

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My honey and I took a Bee Keeping class. I'll talk more about it tomorrow.  His take: bees = yummy honey and help our fruit trees which have NOT produced a single fruit.  *sigh*  My take: Bees = beautiful decor when tastefully done.  It's a Venus/Mars thing I guess, but it balances and completes the admiration of God's gift: the honey bee.

Here are 3 interesting facts: In the course of her lifetime, a worker bee will produce 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey. To make one pound of honey, workers in a hive fly 55,000 miles and tap two million flowers. The honeybee is not born knowing how to make honey; the younger bees are taught by the more experienced ones.

Does anyone have bees?  Anyone have tips for our pitiful pear, peach and apple trees? Is having Black Walnut Trees nearby the problem?  Do you have any bees in your decor? Am I asking too many questions? *wink*  Top photo is Napoleon Bee flatware; soap plate and honey organic soap (click on photo to link)!

39 comments:

Marina Mott said...

Oh, Janean, I loved the plate!! Wonderful!!
You know, I have in my backyard little black bees (we call abelha-cachorro = dogbees rsrs) that make little pipes (to get in and out their honeycomb) and they are cute and do not hurt us. But, I don't have any bees as a decoration piece and now...I want!!! xx

Andrea said...

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. We are snuggled up watching it snow. It is beautiful.
Hugs,
andrea

Marcy said...

Honeybees are so interesting! My Dad had hives when I was kid and I always did my science projects about them. Unfortunately, many of the hives are dying off across the country. I think it is terrific for you to give it a try. Honeybees are important to all the vegetation and I would think your fruit trees would benefit.

1 Funky Woman said...

You know the most interesting facts on things, I love it! I had a friend that collected bee decor. I had a great time shopping for her!

Olivia and Me said...

I sooo love using bees wax candles in the house.. clean burn, no foo foo smell to interfere with the smells of my 'grub' that I'll be serving later on. Hard to find soaps and candles here in my area for some reason. Beekeeping 101.. I can't wait till tomorrow!!!!

with love,
Olivia

ps, can we have the cup of hot chocolate today.. it's raining snow and ice here.. (rather it be raining men.. heehee)

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

My bees are on a burgundy chair and these adorable little honeycomb candles with tiny little bees on them. They are so little I haven't the heart to burn them!

Life At Camellia Cottage said...

L*O*V*E the flatware and plate! My dad had bees years ago, but I was a single working girl living in the city so I wasn't very interested. But I love bees, and have found they are one of the few 'living things' that I can pint fairly accurately. B.

Donna said...

Your knowledge of bees is far more vast than mine, LOL! DH's uncle used to have several hives and harvested honey for local residents. But we never tried to do any of that - way too much work I think!

RCUBEs said...

I love honey! Like the Greek desserts always with it. Interesting facts and thank you for sharing. It's probably the weather too that affects the fruit trees. Like last year, Spring came early [more like summer] which dried out the just blossoming flowers from our fruit trees and they ended up being wilted. So lesser fruits.

Have a great weekend and have fun with the bees! God bless.

elizabeth said...

I love the little bowl, even if I am no help on bee information! :)

Gúa said...

Thank you sooo much!
...And the same to you..:))

I enjoy visiting you!

Huge hugs from a snowy Sweden..:)

Angie @ Ranch Dressing said...

Our neighbor is a beekeeper and has been here to get a wild hive that had separated...boy, that was a sight. A black cloud of bees flying around until they found a place to land which was on the side of the studio. I look forward to hearing more about your adventure with bees. We are seeing more here again after not having them for several years.

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Yeaaaaaaaaaa for bees!

And yeaaaaaaaa for honey too.

I should introduce you to a bee-keeping blogger friend of mine. :-)

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

And here is a link to my bee-keeping friend. :-)

Life On Two Acres

Hugs...

Cynthia said...

Given that my last name is Bee, we're big on that motif around here. I LOVE the handmade soap. I know how to make it (had a business doing it a decade ago) but I haven't made any for years. Maybe it's time for another batch of my favorite Oatmeal, Milk & Honey soap?

Kelli said...

I know nothing about bee keeping, but I love honey! ;) Does that count?
I do know that the flatware is beautiful though!

Farm Girl said...

Hi just found your blog, I got my first hive last March. We didn't have much fruit either. We put in a huge garden and we had more produce than I ever dreamed possible. I know it was the bees. I started giving my bees sugar water this week as I live in California so it was warm. The hive looks great, we hope to rob it in June. We just ordered our from a apiary and got them from UPS. They have been a blast. Good luck!

Just Breathe said...

I don't have any bees in my decor.
However we do have bee's in the yard all summer. Lots of bees and Skye is learning not to play with them. Thank God she isn't allergic!

Helen said...

Thank you for the visit .... there is a reason you haven't seen my recipe .... there is none. Just made up!

I remember my mother telling me, years ago, that black walnut trees can be problematic for fruit trees ..

BZZZZZZZZ

Laurie said...

Sorry, can't help you with the bee keeping but I love the bee flatware!!!

Have a great weekend,
Laurie

Mimi said...

Bees...I have those cute little stemmed glasses, of course, beeswax candles, too.
Love the bee flatware...the little dish is adorable.

Farmgirl Paints said...

Love those pretty bee things. They really are amazing creatures:)

JKW said...

Thanks for visiting, you have a delicious post. The trailer is for bonding - Sisters on the Fly (fishing) actually drive them all over the country. Fun group. I thought it would be fun to co-join my Sisters (friends). Blessings, Janet

Farmgirl Cyn said...

Love the bee stuff, but don't have any here. (except for the raw honey we get at the local health food store!)

GardenofDaisies said...

Yay for sweet little honeybees! Where would we be without them?
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Graceful Moments said...

Can't help you with the bee keeping. I do have friends who were beekeepers and were quite successful with it. They moved to the city and can no longer keep their bees.
The plate and silverware are lovely!
While shopping for apples in the Georgia Mountains this past fall, we found some Queen Bee soap. It had a lovely honey color and had been molded with a lovely bee hive and bee on top. I thought, what a great gift to add to my Christmas baskets ...honey soap from North Georgia ...turned it over and found it was from France. Oh,well!

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

How very interesting! I do love the blue dish and have seen some pretty bee items...
Love the chocolate post and if you sneak over..just leave some chocolate on your way out!!
Another blogger is a bee keeper...oops..just forgot her blog name..
Deb :)

dj said...

janean....

my 9 year old says, "did you know that montezuma drank 50 qts. of honey per day?"....lol....just kidding.

i love that bee silverware. i wonder if i could find it somewhere?

have you actually ordered soap from this company? i love special soaps like these.

dj

Technodoll said...

I have a totally new respect for bees and honey after reading this post :-o Oh! My! Gosh!

Little miracles of nature, they are.

On the other hand, wasps can just flip off and die, LOL!

I've never had any fruit trees so no advice but would also like to know!

Karen said...

Loved the table ware with little bees. That info is amazing! I'd be afraid to start bee keeping. I've heard tho' here bees are starting to die out, wasp are replacing them. Reason? One suggests, pesticides...? I love honey, too. Hope your trees produce and bees are nice. :)

fairfieldhouse said...

Lots of bees around here. All the farms use them. In 2008 there was a shortage. Since 2006, 600 new beekeepers have registered with the Department of Agriculture. New Jersey has about 190 farms with 9,000 colonies that yielded 360,000 pounds of honey with a production value of $569,000 in 2008. That compared with 2007 when 513,000 pounds were collected with a value of $1 million.
I like the bee decor.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Janean,

I love honeybees, and they are such special little miracles, that produce wonderful honey and do so much.
The dish and soap are lovely.
I have drinking glasses with bees and a chair upholstered in bee fabric.

Good luck with your bees, and I hope that you are having a great weekend.
Hugs
Carolyn

S. Etole said...

Thank you for your visit today and for leading me here ... enjoyed the bees!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

I cant wait to share your blog with my sister! Cant wait to read more~ xoxox Susie

Nancy @ Live love laugh said...

We have had a shortage of bees around here, too, but more hornets! (I like the bees better!) I just love the flatware, dish and soap...and, I would like to learn more about bees!
~Nancy

Linz said...

thanks for your comment! i love your plate...and the fact that you love bees not just for the decor (which is awesome), but for their natural work on earth. i love bees and all that they do - except killer bees. :-/ unfortunately, we have no bees where i live. too city, i suppose. guess i'll just have to swing on by to your blog to visit the world of bees!

Pondside said...

I love that bee decor! I have a weakness for fabric with bees on it - especially for cusion covers.
We don't keep bees, but many others in our rural community do. I'm a faithful customer of the honey stalls and mead stalls at the markets.

SueWis said...

We had hives in our back apple orchard when I was growing up. I still remember chewing on a fresh piece of honeycomb, yum!

Local honey is readily available around here. I have heard that you should eat local honey and it will give you some immunity to allergies with local flora and fauna. I don't know if it's been proven but it makes sense.

The Gough Inn said...

Love your flatware and dish -- but you gave me infor about bee's I took for granted -- o my that's such a lot of work for the lifetime of a bee-- produce 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey. To make one pound of honey -- my eye are open and more a were! Thanks so when I get this farm I want fruit trees too- wink!