Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

Family fun

Harvesting honey together.

Blessed by bees’ labor

We seek to be good stewards.

Clover, Bee, and Revery

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

Unbelievably, when we did an early fall inspection, we found a ton of honey again, in our hives!  Guess it is from the goldenrod nectar flow.  We were able to harvest a little more than a whole 10 frame box.  Our adult children wanted to see how the extraction was done, so this time, we did it with them, in our own kitchen.  Nate came down one evening when his new wife was at work (night shift nurse). Our youngest daughter, Bekah was home for several months raising support for her missionary work in Mexico.  She wanted to be able to share this experience with her Mexican family and church!  So we initiated them into the fun of processing honey from our hives.

Nate tries out the uncapping knife
Nate tries out the uncapping knife
Bekah uncapping
Bekah uncapping
Nate taking a turn at cranking.
Nate taking a turn at cranking.

Nate tried out the uncapping knife first and managed to burn himself!  I told him to put honey on it, and he said it was hot honey that burned him in the first place – why would he want to put honey on it!  Bekah put 2 uncapped frames into the extractor and started cranking.  We all took turns cranking, uncapping, wiping up drippy messes, and of course, tasting!  We ended up with about 2/3 of a pickle bucket of honey, plus what would drain from the cappings.   Some people have told us they don’t like goldenrod honey, but we found it just as good as the earlier summer honey.  It does have a funny smell, but tastes yummy!

Harvest #3,Sept. 2013
Harvest #3,Sept. 2013

The Dotsons went out to check their hives after our luck, and they were able to harvest almost a full frame of honey as well.  They, too, initiated their adult children into the harvesting process!

Sweet delicious raw honey
Sweet delicious raw honey

We bottled about 30 pounds of honey from this harvest, and still left honey for the bees for winter.  These amazing creatures had provided us with three harvests of honey in our second year totaling about 115 pounds!  Now if we can just get them through the winter!

Psalm 78

23 Yet he gave a command to the skies above
    and opened the doors of the heavens;
e rained down manna for the people to eat,
    he gave them the grain of heaven.
25 Human beings ate the bread of angels;
    he sent them all the food they could eat.

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