First extraction of 2014
Dad’s hive, which is more or less becoming mine, had some boxes which needed extracting – there were two and a half boxes of 3/4 depth boxes. We left a full depth box full for the bees, at least 20 Kg, so they won’t be hungry. It is funny how a day like this brings out community spirit – we had a total of 7 adults, 2 teens, and 9 children all helping, so everybody did a little bit of work, and left happy and sweetened out.
Some things I learned today:
- Fresh honey tastes far, far better than anything found in a store.
- Children love tasting honey as it pours from the spout of the extractor.
- Adults love tasting honey as it pours from the spout of the extractor.
- Many hands make light work.
- Community is how we were supposed to be, as human beings, working together with nature, rather than human doings, wearing ourselves out.
- Bees are marvelous.
So, total extraction today, a bit over 31 Kg (still waiting on the cappings to drain fully). It is quite amazing to see, smell, and feel the weight. Dad’s honey is a rich golden colour, due to the site – in the suburbs, surrounded by our beautiful Christchurch gardens. One year, the honey had an almost greenish tinge, due to the herbs on offer.
There was an odd number of frames, and one of the full frames had broken (the nail holding the top bar came loose), so the broken frame was sacrificed to provide honey comb. Yum.