Well, I have some bad news about the bees. Ingrid is gone. No sign of her or any eggs; the hive is dwindling in number. I have had too many non-beekeeping issues to deal with the loss of this colony’s queen, so I’m just letting them collect honey and live out the rest of their lives queen-less.
On the bright side, Betsy’s colony appears to be flourishing! I added a second hive deep for expansion a couple weeks ago, and not a moment too soon. They had filled nearly all 10 frames with honey, pollen and brood. I’ll keep an eye on it to see if I should add a medium deep for surplus honey in the coming months.
You also may have noticed that today is the last day of June and I haven’t mentioned the June give away… Well first off, congratulations to Erin who is getting a hair elastic bracelet with interchangeable elastics. This month I’d like to give away some honey-lavender lip balm made with wax and honey from my hives. I use this before I go to bed at night and the scent is so calming that it sends me right off to sleep!
To enter – post a comment and tell me what you do to de-stress. I’ll pick the winners by July 25th.