Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

Nectar flow and pollen on anthers

Water to drink and resin in the trees

Warm sunny days and cooler nights

The recipe for bees’ golden bliss – honey!

Clover, Bee, and Revery

Reverie (revery) –(n.) state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing; a fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea.

Summer weather in Ohio has been very dry, though not as bad as other areas of the country.  Fortunately for our bees, we have a few ponds close by, so they have water.  Native and garden plants continued to bloom throughout the summer.  We were able to pull another box and 1/2 of honey from our 4 hives, mid summer.  Dotsons were also able to gather about this much honey.

We had another “Honey Extraction Party” at the Dotson’s in July.  057

We ordered in lunch  and spent the afternoon spinning honey and sampling our golden bliss!   We had given up on the pantyhose filter – it kept slipping down into the bucket the first time we extracted, so I ordered a screen filter made especially for the pickle bucket.  It worked great!    We always take some honey to the retired beekeeper who gave us his extractor – what an awesome gift and tool!

Steve at work - extractor sits on platform and held on with hooks and turnbuckles
Steve at work – extractor sits on platform and held on with hooks and turnbuckles

This harvest  we got about  55 pounds from each family’s hives and lots of beeswax from the cappings.  Laurie and I want to try our hand at making lip balms and creams from beeswax and honey.  And son, Nathan, has requested “beard wax”.  He had bought some years ago, was almost out, and now could not find any to buy.  I’ll have to investigate that!

We bottled up our honey and started selling it again to friends and co-workers.  Steve made a wooden  Honey for sale sign and mounted it in a PVC frame pushed into the ground in our front yard near the road.  Within a week, we had our first drive up customer!

Deuteronomy 8

16 He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known,

to humble and test you so that in the end it might go well with you.

17 You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.”

18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth,

and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.