Happy Halloween HoneyLovers ?
Group Photo from today at the Michael Bush Lecture & Hive Inspection!
HONEYLOVER OF THE MONTH: Ruth Askren
BEES RESCUED FROM: A pile of abandoned carpet-padding in a garage in Bel Aire, two back-to-back wooden fences between neighbors’ yards in Van Nuys; a swarm on a cactus in Pacific Palisades; a tree trap-out in Baldwin Hills; and an overcrowded hive a beekeeper wanted to get rid of.
When I was a kid I would catch bees and keep them in a jar for a few hours, just to watch them (– I did this with lizards and spiders too!). I became a beekeeper in my 50’s as a project for my aging dad and I to do together, because we both love to tinker, and beekeeping is definitely a hobby for tinkerers! A retired engineer, he enjoyed designing a great anti-ant hive stand and often comes up with new and ingenious solutions for various bee problems. My hives are on my parents’ property in Pacific Palisades, where Dad can keep an eye on them.
As I wanted to learn more than I could teach myself, I joined the Backwards Beekeepers club and soon began participating in volunteer feral bee-rescues. Saving bee colonies seemed a logical outcome of my naturalist tendencies. I loved being able to see into the world of wild creatures, not in a jar! And, like my dad, I’m obsessed with tools and this work enables me to use most every kind! Learning about others’ beekeeping methods has been a fun and satisfying part of the project. Now I run Bee Capture, a bee rescue business (www.beecapture.com), taking bees out of walls, attics and trees all over the LA basin.
“These aren’t the drones you’re looking for” – honeylove.org
2nd Annual HONEY TASTING
September 8, 2012 @ PARK BAKER & SONS
Thank you to all of the beekeepers who submitted their honey, and to all of our fabulous HoneyLovin’ judges!!
2012 BLIND TASTE TEST WINNERS:
1st Place: Backyard Bee Hive (Top bar hive after a linden flow)
TIE in 2nd Place: Harry’s Raspberry Honey & White Himalayan Honey
3rd Place: Harry’s Whipped Honey (last year’s 1st place winner)
Honeys: Organic Blue Borage Honey, White Himalayan, Chileano Ulmo, Ohi’a Lehua Hawaiian, Tupelo, Backyard Bee Hive, Zick’s Orange Blossom, Bill’s Bees Sage, Bill’s Bees Wildflower, Backyard Bees Orange County, Golden Honey from the Dale, Mandeville Canyon, Harry’s Honey Whipped, Harry’s Honey: Raspberry, East Mar Vista Raw, Ceebs from Manning, Ceebs from HoneyLove Sanctuary, and HoneyLove Honey.
[Photos by: HoneyLover John Fedorowicz]
We can’t eat all this honey without you!
JOIN US this Saturday for our 2ND ANNUAL HONEY TASTING and help us pick this year’s winners ?
HoneyLove Beekeeper of the Month: CEEBS
Bees Rescued from: Water meter in Lakewood, adopted swarms, and a hive that moved into her yard.
“Somehow, I was always meant to be a beekeeper. It wasn’t a matter of if, just a matter of when. My first tattoo 20 years ago was of a honeybee. As soon as I had chickens running around my backyard my next thought was ‘Now where will I put some hives?’
I very much believe in the notion that you don’t find the bees; the bees find you.
I’m a lifelong learner and being a beekeeper means that there is always, always something new to learn. Bees are continually fascinating and exemplary. I love the self-reliance and ingenuity and study that being a beekeeper and bee rescuer requires. I didn’t suspect that being a beekeeper would be as special as it is, but it is truly a transformative activity and a global statement.”
“The only time I ever believed I knew all there was to know about beekeeping was the first year. Every year since, I’ve known less and less.” -Sue Hubbell, A Book of Bees
WATCH: But Live It Slant
by Charlotte Heikendorf
‘But Live It Slant’ is a short film about how we connect to the environment, set in an apiary in London. The film looks at the role bees can play in the lives of human, seen through the eyes of two urban beekeepers.
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