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Now that it’s spring, we all know what a young man’s fancy turns to – the inadequacy of his photography skills. Oh, wait … that what my fancy turns to. There’s just no answering for young men. I just got back from a ten-day trip (I was in Kenya, but that’s another story), and I […]


Chickens always want to help.

Yeah, it’s been a while. And it’s just within the realm of possibility that some of you have been wondering what’s been going on here over the last three months. Well, I’m here to tell you! Winter. Winter was what was going on here, seemingly for the last several years, and there just wasn’t much […]

In memory: Paul Desilets

Paul, far left, at a hive opening

I’d like to introduce you to our friend Paul Desilets, who died last week, of cancer. We know Paul and his wife, Claire, because they are the beekeeping backbone of Cape Cod. They run a business pollinating the cranberry bogs, and you can find Rocky Bottom honey in a lot of local stores, but it […]

At long last, honey

Kevin taking the frames out of the supers

They’ve been a slog, bees. You get a hive, you lose a hive. You get a hive, you lose a hive. And you’re never sure quite why, or how to do things differently next time. This is our fifth colony of bees, in our third year of beekeeping, and, glory be, last week we harvested […]

Picturing honey

a beehive frame with honey

It was about two months ago that I wrote about being cautiously optimistic about our bees. The colony seemed robust and contented, and there were signs of actual, genuine honey in the two supers we’d added to the two deeps. I will emphasize that my optimism, as it always is with bees, was cautious. But […]