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November 2nd, 2011

I think it won’t be long and we will all be paying to send and receive emails. I got an email yesterday from the people that host our website saying that they will no longer be supporting email directly from our website, because the cost of upgrading their system was too great, but I have to wonder if the FCC isn’t trying to push all the little email servers out so they can collect money from the larger providers…guess we will see. Come to find out to keep our @draperbee.com email addresses we have to pay a yearly subscription…nice…NOT! So rather then wait for the service to expire I spent today setting up our new emails with Google. Good news we get to keep all of our @draperbee.com emails, bad news is that it is a hugh pain in the butt! I had to make so many changes that it took our website offline for a few hours today but I think everything is up and working now. I still need to tweek some of the setting but so far so good. To make matters worse we lost phones and the internet for a couple of hours this afternoon for some reason too…when it rains is pours!

And here today was a beautiful day and we wanted to head out and pull some honey…didn’t happen. This has to be the latest we have had to pull honey. I am afraid now that a lot of the honey will be crystallized when we try to extract it…hopefully I’m wrong. Maybe tomorrow we will get to pull at least a couple of sites.

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Bad Luck

October 26th, 2011

The last couple of weeks have been a little rough. Our driver had an accident last week on the way home from making deliveries. The van got totalled and he broke his leg. This is the second roll over we have had in less than 2 years. The first being with a load of bees in the van, fortunately this time he was empty. Bill is picking up the replacement van today…I guess it is a green one.

I didn’t have much time to post anything last week, partly due to the van wreck, but mainly because of a 720 piece comb honey order I had to cut. I spent many hours getting it ready. I will have all of the comb honey used up by the end of the week.

We still haven’t pulled honey off of the hives yet as our truck is having problems and no one can figure out what is wrong…when it rains it pours and yeah we have had plenty of rain too. Hoping next week will be a winner!

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October 8th, 2011

We had a frost this week and it finished off the Goldenrod and Bamboo bloom. The bees still have the Aster to work on but it seems they prefer flying around the buildings looking for free helpings of honey.

We have been doing some custom extracting jobs for local beekeepers this week and so far everything that has come in has been Goldenrod honey. We are hoping to start pulling some honey off of our own hives starting this next week sometime.

I have been working on cutting comb honey for a large order for the last few days. As fast as we are going through the comb honey I expect we will be sold out sometime in November. So, if anyone wants some awesome cut comb or chunk honey you had better order soon!

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September 15th, 2011

I haven’t had time to even think about posting anything here this week until just now – 4:11 pm 09/15/11. I am the only one here this week as everyone else is on vacation. I have been putting in at least 10 hours straight every day this week. I will say this; it is good to be busy as a bee as the days just fly by! I know it is honey harvesting time when I start getting more custom printed label orders than normal ~ I have printed over 10,000 labels so far this week!

The bees have been hard at work on the bamboo, goldenrod and asters. However this cold front we have going through our area is going to put a damper on the honey flow for a few days. Hopefully we will see some warmer days again to get that nectar flowing again.

I have a big tour bus stopping in on Saturday with 38 people expecting a lecture and tour so I ask that any of my normal Saturday customers to please stay home this Saturday…lol…I’m not sure I can handle the big tour and lots of customers at the same time all by myself. I normally don’t do tours on Saturdays however it was the only time they could come. I’m sure it will be fun but I may turn the phones off while they are here so if you want to get a hold of me on Saturday you had better call on Friday…lol.

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September is National Honey Month

September 6th, 2011

This is the perfect time to break out the honey and try something new.  You can watch a video on how to use honey by clicking here.

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August 31st, 2011

The smell of Goldenrod honey is in the air at our place. Every day on my way to and from work I can smell the sweet smell of Goldenrod in our home beesite as I pass by…it’s a sign that fall will soon be upon us and that we will turning on the extractors soon.

We were fortunate that we didn’t get hit my Irene and we feel for all of those that did. I’m certain many beekeepers along the east coast lost their hives to the hurricane, although I doubt we will see much about that in the news. We feel bad for the beekeepers but even worse for the poor bees!

I will be out of the office tomorrow and Friday as I will be helping my daughter move in to her dorm at college. I’m having a hard time believing how very fast the years “buzzed” by (ha, ha beekeeping reference), the next thing you know I’m just going to be an old drone bee :)

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August 26th, 2011

One of our observation hives swarmed on Thursday and landed in a Honeysuckle Bush.

We did collect it and shook them into an empty log that had bees in it last year. I had put a piece of plywood on top of the log to keep the rain out so I drilled a hole out and put a sugar feeder jar on it. Hopefully the bees can build up with the help of the sugar syrup and maybe even get some honey and make it through the winter.

I had a large tour group in this morning of kids and parents and I just wanted to thank the parents for all of the exceptionally well behaved kids and a good job to the kids, as that makes giving the tour a pleasure instead of a “chore”!

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August 19th, 2011

It’s been another busy week…which is great!

Today I finally got around to doing some work on the observation hive. I found and marked the queen and then removed 2 frames of sealed brood to stop them from swarming. I took those frames of brood and added them to our queen bank hive and put 2 new foundation frames in their place. In just a few hours they already have some comb built up. I will probably end up having to take some more brood out sometime this fall so we can keep this awesome queen! It was hard cleaning the glass off as there were thousands of bees all over it. I had to smoke them continuously as I scraped the beeswax off the glass. The amazing thing is I only wore an open veil and I didn’t get stung once – nice bees!

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August 12th, 2011

We have bottled honey everyday this week, all but today’s run contained at least 2,000 pounds of honey per day into various containers. Todays’ run was just a batch of Blueberry and Raspberry flavored honey packed into 1 lb. jars. It sure smelled like berries in the honey house while I was doing it! When I got finished with that I came into the office to cover for Bill while he went to the Post Office and as soon as I sat down I noticed that we had a customer…see picture below.

I stepped outside to invite her in to take a tour but she must have had other plans.

 

 

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August 5th, 2011

I’ve been on the road the last couple of days. Yesterday I had to drive to Waverly, NY to drop off a load of beeswax and pick up some empty bottles and today to Geneva, NY to get 4 drums of Orange Blossom honey. I rather enjoyed the trips as it has been years since I have been able to go to either place. The traffic and road construction were a “downer” but I took my wife with me on today’s trip and we stopped for lunch on the way back. It was a buffet lunch so we stuffed ourselves…no dinner required tonight….uhhhhhhhh.

We bottled all of the Basswood honey into jars on Thursday and before I left this morning I helped get most of a tank of Clover honey bottled. It’s good to see that we are able to replenish a lot of our inventory that was getting rather low. We also bottled some of that Alfalfa we got in right out of the drum and into some jars in a nice creamy form. It is such a nice, smooth honey and we have some people that like it that way. We don’t have this honey advertised on our website but you can order some by calling us. It is available in 1 lb., 2 lb. and 5 lb. jars – it is priced the same as the regular Alfalfa honey.

We have had some rain and things are starting to perk back up around here. It seems cooler today at 84 degrees as compared to the 90′s and 100′s we have had. The bees look good but whether or not we are going to be able to say this year was a good production year…remains to be seen. Normally the Goldenrod and Aster are big sources of nectar for the bees in the late summer and fall but with all the hot weather the plants are stunted to say the least. We are keeping our fingers crossed that we will have some extra honey to pull off this fall.

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