The Honey Cottage Beekeeping Adventures

This month has been super special for me; I put on the bee suit for the first time and was able to look in the hive. It was a neat opportunity to see what the bees do in the hive. Normally, I would get really excited and bounce off the walls. However, I have had to train myself not to be overly excited. One of the most important things that I have learned about being a beekeeper is that bees can sense fear, excitement and when someone is nervous. So putting on the bee suit was the best way to put everything I learned into practice; especially learning how to stay calm.

It was so incredible to be able to put into practice all that I have learned. To be able to be open up the hive by myself (with Frank’s direction of course) and look into the hive was beyond words. To see the frames of honey and brood was very educational because it increased my thirst for knowledge. Seeing pictures has been very helpful for me, but being able to actually have the hands-on experience was even better.

My head keeps saying I want to get closer without the suit; I want to take chances, and see what it is like having bees all around me. Thankfully, I have a fantastic teacher like Frank who finally sat me down and explained why it is so important not to take chances. I am excitable person and if I got stung I would not stay calm, this in turn would cause the other bees to attack because they now would feel threatened.

So I am very happy to say that I am thrilled to be a beekeeper. I always thought that it was too much and that I would not ever be able to be up close to the hive. I can’t believe that I ever feared bees. This in turn tells me what we need to do with our little one. I don’t want her to fear bees and want her to learn how important bees are for our future. Needless to say, beekeeping is so cool and I am so excited to be able to share my experiences as a new beekeeper.

I am very happy to say that we have been getting some great pictures of the bees and flowers that are bee friendly. A lot of our flowers are blooming!!! We have also been getting some AMAZING pictures of the inside of the bee hive as well as the outside. Stay up with us to see what we are doing here at The Honey Cottage!!!

From our bee hive to yours,

Queen Bee

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Beeswax

One of our favorite topics at The Honey Cottage is talking about Beeswax. Why? Because it really blows people’s minds when they find out what you can do with it. We have a lot of customers who have never used it or seen it. So it is a lot of fun explaining what beeswax is and its uses. Beeswax is a natural wax produced by honey bees. The wax is formed by wax-producing glands in the abdominal segments 4 through 7 of worker bees. The workers collect it and use it for structural material in the hive, natural made and naturally healthy.

Beeswax does so many things and is great for everyday use. Here is a list of what Beeswax is good for:

Stuck zippers Batik
Saw blades Sewing kit
Jewelry making (picking up gemstones) Squeaky door hinges
Strengthen fishing line Arthritis wax treatment
Art mediums Furniture polish
Salves and balms Leather softener & shoe polish
Mold making Iron wax
Envelope sealing wax Waterproofing corks
Chocolate sauce Ukrainian Easter eggs
Preserving flowers and leaves Dust mops & dust cloths
Waterproofing wooden cutting boards Golf Club grip wax
Modeling clay Putty (for sealing cracks & nail holes)
Spice sachets Waterproofing paper
Temporary glue Candles
Moustache wax Soap
Rustproof exposed iron & steel Skis and snow shovels
Crack and scratch filler Lubricant for belts and vacuum cleaners
Lubricant for sewing machines Lubricant for tools
Lip balm Mouth piece for didgeridoos
Book binding Shoe shining & lubricant

As you can see it is great for the outside, as well as the inside. Beeswax makes a great barrier on the skin allowing moisture to be locked in. Beeswax is not harmful so it is great in foods that need slight hardening and foods that need a little extra shine. Come to The Honey Cottage and see what it looks like!

From our hive to yours,

Queen Bee

Fun Facts about Bees and the Hive

Education about bees, the bee hive, honey, and bee hive products are so important to us here at The Honey Cottage. So in honor of National Honey Month we thought we would share some fun facts about the bees and the hive.

  1. There are three types of bees: the queen bee, the worker bee, and the drone bee. The queen’s only job is to produce babies and is the only one that eats royal jelly. The worker bees are all female, and the drone bees are all male. Worker bees do everything from taking care of gathering nectar to guarding the hive. The drones are only there to mate with the queen and then die once mating has taken place. Whatever drones are left are kicked out of the hive once winter hits.
  2. Honey has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties which is why honey never goes bad.
  3. Honey bees are the only insects that produce food for human consumption.
  4. Like humans, bees need to have a diverse diet of pollen and nectar to be healthy. Trees, flowers, shrubs, fruits, herbs, and vegetables (like squash blossoms) are all important for bees. This is why planting is so important not only to humans, but bees too.
  5. Bees dance to communicate!! They can also use their pheromones to communicate too!
  6. Bees can visit anywhere from 50-100 different types of flowers when they are collecting nectar.
  7. Beeswax can be used for candles, or to harden soaps and lip balms, or for simply waxing shoes, needles, or stuck zippers.
  8. Honey and bee pollen cannot be duplicated by man.
  9. Bees can sense fear, so do the best that can be done and stay calm when a bee is around. They only sting when they feel threatened.

Feel free to share with friends and family. The more everyone knows the better care we can take care of these amazing ladies.

From our bee hive to yours,

Queen Bee