Summer was- Fall is – Winter looms
First a few words on the Summer Bee season…..it came and went….it was dry until August…a dandy dandelion season and then nothing until July…most farms going to corn with limited value for bees and their beekeepers but some good guys out there with Canola and Alfalfa and wildflower forage in the natural untouched fence rows and ditches….beeuty.
OBH (OspreyBluffsHoney) added some yards down the mountain this year and the bees there got an extra 2 weeks of flow. Some of the single splits ( you know..new hives from this past spring) made well over the average of honey and others only 5 kms way…nearly nothing…overall the average was quite good, the beekeeper effort was also above average and able bodies were called in for late summer beekeeping, honey pulling and honey extraction…this help has been divine intervention as solo, the OspreyBeekeeper would still bee waaaaay behind. A month of pulling and extracting and barreling honey has passed.. now the crop is off and most of the barrels have been shipped…even the honey house is “kleeny”…the bees have been feeding on the sweet treats delivered courtesy their keepers and some are hungrier than expected… a cause for some Osprey Beekeeper trepidation as our weather around the Bluffs closes in on winter. The Osprey Beekeeper has harnessed the Big Red and the Polaris and the sugar trailers in anticipation of some winter feeding runs…boo….but a bee One does what a bee One must do for the bees..they have done their part so we Keepers will do ours…one foot in front of the other is progress no matter how small….standing still is not an option…happily, honeybees and their beekeepers have this in common..
Another 3 or 4 visits to each yard and the bees will be fed and wrapped to huddle together until the weather gets back to a consistent and civil >10′c…the Beekeeper still has time to get the 3Ton truck mud-stuck a few more times, discover hives that looked great a couple of weeks ago and now are doubtful.
So while he celebrates the bounty of a good crop and success for 2012, there’s still time to get humble for a winter-tyme of wondering…….”what comes in the Spring 2013″…stay tuned for the update from the Osprey Beekeeper