Friday, January 7, 2011


Zzzzzzz..Guinness here with visions of sugar plums dancing in my head! See? Our honey has arrived...SWEET!

These are our hives! The bee keeper puts them on all our fields, then gives a portion of the honey to us.

Dogs and bees do not mix. And they say BLACK dogs and bees REALLY don't mix, but I am not taking any chances!

The hives are set up very early in the spring. All summer the bees collect nectar. As they travel around they pick up pollen. That pollen rubs other flowers and make everything blossom and grow! Then the bees bring that nectar back to the hives to make the honey!

And look! One year the hives were flooded. But the bees did not mind. They just moved to the "upstairs" of the hive. Bees are hard workers. Colonized bees are "encouraged" to make more than enough honey for their winter stores....the rest is for us!

The honey we get is much better than the honey you buy in stores. Our honey tastes like the red clover on the fields-- and all the sweet grasses, like timothy and melissa.

All the goodness and macronutrients from the wild flowers make their way into the honey. It is very nutritious...and delicious! Pumpkin honey is the absolute tastiest honey...those bees are set on pumpkin patches. YUM!

And here is the Queen Bee. And this is the very spot she will reign over forever. Don't you think this is a perfect resting spot for a Queen?


  1. That is a great lesson! I sure never heard of pumpkin honey either! Thanks for sharing this!

  2. Now I want some pumpkin honey for my tea!! YUMMO

  3. omd...Mom is so jealous. She LOVES honey..especially in her tea.

    thanks for sharing...she is now on the hunt for some pumpkin honey!

    wags, wiggles & sweet slobbers

  4. Wow awesome. Mom just LOVES honey. We didn't know you were a bee charmer Guiness
    Benny & Lily

  5. Mmm, Yum! The pictures make me long for summer.

  6. oohhh pumpkin honey sounds amazing! How lucky you are to have your own fresh honey!

    I think Saiges resting spot is perfect! Big open fields and pretty flowers!

  7. The beekeepers around here have portable hives that they set up in areas as the trees blossom so they can get the different flavours. There's a tasting place not too far, and it's amazing all the different flavours they have. But we don't have pumpkin! Enjoy the honey.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

  8. Yesh, a PURRfect place fur a Queen Bee to watch over her subjects for all time.

    We ♥ honey. Momma especially likes Michigan honey 'cause that is where we live. In our garden our momma plants flowers to attract bees and she sits and watches them for hours and hours while we rest on the cool grass.

  9. My dad person loves wild honey and that pumpkin honey sounds out of this world!

    Nubbin wiggles,

  10. Hey Guinness!
    Wow, this is one sweet post! Get it?? BOL Actually, this is really beautiful. I love these pix of the fields and flowers and hives. You live in such a great place. Thanks for sharing and enjoy the honey! BTW: I hear it sticks to fur.
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, COP

  11. That is so cool - I love where you live :)