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Barb after shaking off the bee beard (12 stings)

This blog is about Barb's adventures and misadventures as a hobby beekeeper.   She started with two hives in 2009 and Dad, Lorne, joined to help in the hobby when Barb had a fateful fall and broke her arm two weeks before getting her first hives.


They've experienced both successful years and difficult ones working alongside the hardest working and most amazing insect in the world.  Every visit to the bee yard there's a new lesson to learn.

Barbara Lindberg
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While camping on an overseas trip my friend got out this metal thing that looked like a canister and in less than five minutes we all had hot coffees in our hands.  Wow.  Very nice to have a warm up on a cold afternoon. It's called a Kelly Kettle and is an Irish design that's been used for many years   The kettle sits on a base where a small fire is created.  The intense heat rises up like a chimney through the hollow center of the kettle and rapidly heats the water. It takes almost no fuel (leaves, twigs) to create the small fire.  There are also accessories that sit in the bottom fire bowl to cook food or a pot rest that sits on the top of the kettle. This is great for camping and hiking as well.  Sold by it comes in a lighter weight aluminum or a heavier steel that lasts longer.
Barbara Lindberg
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If you didn't know already, there's an excellent and free bee newsletter that you can sign up for to receive an email each day. Bee Culture is a magazine and the author Kim Flottum wrote the much acclaimed Backyard Beekeeper's book, among others. They have search robots that troll through the internet looking for bee related news and then they send out articles. Today's article is about a recent discovery that bees can see far better than scientists realized. You can view it and also sign up on their website: Bee Culture - Bees See Better
Barbara Lindberg
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This short video is very interesting.  A beekeeper and scientist happened to notice how wax moths chew plastic very effectively and now they're exploring the possibility of using them to solve our plastic problems.  More info at the link below Wax Moth Caterpillars I have seen how these caterpillars not only chew the wax but also the wood of the frames.  They've got quite the strong mouth parts to be able to do that.

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