I think I have actually met myself coming back these last few weeks. It is always the same at this time of year. We have been busy work wise which is great, but then it was Carnival, then busy with the Swimming Club as well as all the normal things that we do in the week with home etc!!!!!! So sorry it has been a while since I posted anything, as it is I have a few things to show you.
Last Tuesday I went with Tangent to a very good friend of ours home, Chris & Anne, who keep honey Bees and Chris gave us a talk about them. We saw the hives and then he showed us how they extract the honey from the combs. The Bees are fascinating creatures and the honey was lovely. You might not think that is a strange comment but for me it is because I hate honey, however this honey tasted really nice!!!!!
One of the hives under their apple tree.
The trays in the box where the bees make the combs and store the honey.
The perfectly made combs.
The comb ready for the wax to be taken off to get to the honey inside.
The comb in the centrifuge, Two go in at a time to be spun.
Hand spinning to get the honey out, a two person job!!!!
The wax off the combs, which can then be used to polish your furniture!
The wax melted into a tub ready for use.
The combs are now empty and ready to go back for the bees to fill them again.
The honey from the centrifuge being strained.
Here is the honey ready to be poured into warm jars and sealed.
The honey is only collected for a short period of time in the summer and then the rest is left for the bees over the winter and suplimented by sugar water to ensure that the hive is healthy and happy.
We had a great evening, everyone had brought a dish to share and it was good to catch up with everyone.
I know I missed Book Club last Friday so it will be on this Friday. Sorry I have not been posting but it has been really hectic here!!!
Hugs, Susie xx