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Spring Beekeeping

Hey honeys!

Honey Bees and Beekeeping on Oysters & Pearls

As sad as I was to do it, I liberated myself of a couple obligations this week.  Sometimes, even though I care SO MUCH about SO MANY different things, you just have to take a step back and make sure you still have time to do the things you enjoy for yourself, ya know?  One of those things is beekeeping.  I just adore these honey bees, no matter how many times they sting me.  ;)

Sunday, Wheat and I opened up our hives to check on the girls.  We didn’t find what we expected to find, exactly, either.  Our strong hive, the Killer Millers, which we expected to split this spring, we found was weak.  So weak.  They had tons of new honey and comb (pictured above), but so few bees.  The mean old queen was still there though, which was odd.  When a hive swarms, they normally take the old queen with them and leave the new queen (or sometimes, no queen at all).  So the only thing I can figure (because so few bees did not make all that honey) is that the hive already swarmed (which is CRAZY) and they took the new queen with them.  Le sigh.  You never know what those bees are gonna do!

Honey Bees and Beekeeping on Oysters & Pearls

My “sweet bees,” our original bee capture, were stronger than EVER!  I’m telling you, bees and honey everywhere! We spotted this queen, too, and she was just laying away.  A bottom box in our double deep (meaning two deep hive boxes without a queen excluder) was chock full of brood.  We even spotted a lot of drones!  So if we don’t do something, this hive will swarm pretty soon, too.  We even found a few in progress queen cups we nipped off.

In these pictures, you can see the white, freshly capped honey.  Fresh wax is pale and light, almost white.

Honey Bees and Beekeeping on Oysters & Pearls

Honey Bees and Beekeeping on Oysters & Pearls

Honey Bees and Beekeeping on Oysters & Pearls

Just looking at these pictures again makes me so, so happy.  I can’t wait for Spring!

Honey Bees and Beekeeping on Oysters & Pearls

Honey Bees and Beekeeping on Oysters & Pearls

Bees on bees on bees. :)

Honey Bees and Beekeeping on Oysters & Pearls

Honey Bees and Beekeeping on Oysters & Pearls

Honey Bees and Beekeeping on Oysters & Pearls

Now for a quick game of (unmarked) Queen Spotting:

Can you find her?

Queen Bee, Honey Bees and Beekeeping on Oysters & Pearls

Queen Bee, Honey Bees and Beekeeping on Oysters & Pearls

Did you spot her?  She’s right above the word “spot!”  I didn’t exactly manage to center her in the picture.  The sun was so bright I had trouble seeing my phone screen.  She’s a champ!

Then we spotted our marked, mean old biddy of a queen in the Killer Miller hive.  She’s been laying a little, but she’s got her work cut out for her.

Queen Bee, Honey Bees and Beekeeping on Oysters & Pearls

Queen Bee, Honey Bees and Beekeeping on Oysters & Pearls

We plan to harvest honey as soon as it warms up, give the sweet bees some room to expand without swarming and take away some space from the Killer Millers.  I love that just when you think you understand the bees, they show you that you don’t actually know much at all!  Kinda sounds like life.

I hope everyone has a very happy Valentines’ Day weekend!  I’m helping throw my little sister a baby shower tomorrow (that sounds crazy even saying it), then retiring to a steak and a bottle of red at home with my very patient, kind, lovable husband.  We are seeing one of my all-time favorite bands, MoFro, with friends on Sunday, and I plan to relax with a day off on Monday.  Cheers to a wonderful weekend, friends, and don’t forget to hug the ones you love!

Until Next Time

Boozeday Tuesday: Honey Bee Cocktail Recipe

It’s cocktail time again!

Kenny Chesney Blue Chair Bay Premium Rum Blogtender Nation | Oysters & Pearls

While rum may conjure up images of pirates, coconuts, beaches, and daiquiris, I assure you, some rum drinks are meant for sipping fireside.  So when Blue Chair Bay Rum (the premium blended rum collection of Kenny Chesney for you country fans), asked me to do some glass clinks to celebrate the Fall season, I was more than game.

Fall Rum Drink Recipe with Honey | Oysters & Pearls

As my loyal readers know, Wheat and I have two bee hives in our little apiary.  We recently had our Fall honey harvest, so I’m fully stocked for the winter.  Rum + honey = a boozy libation that is Fall perfection.

Honey Bee Cocktail Recipe Using Kenny Chesney Blue Chair Bay White Rum | Oysters & Pearls

Honey Bee Cocktail Recipe Using Kenny Chesney Blue Chair Bay White Rum | Oysters & Pearls

Honey Bee Cocktail Recipe

ingredients

– 1 ounce raw wildflower honey
– 1 ounce warm water
– 2 ounces Blue Chair Bay Premium White Rum
– 1 ounce lemon juice

instructions

Pour honey and warm water into a mason jar (or cocktail shaker) and shake until thoroughly mixed.  Add the remaining ingredients and a few cubes of ice and shake vigorously.  Pour into cup of choice, or drink straight from the mason jar.

Honey Bee Cocktail Recipe Using Kenny Chesney Blue Chair Bay White Rum | Oysters & Pearls

Honey Bee Cocktail Recipe Using Kenny Chesney Blue Chair Bay White Rum | Oysters & Pearls

Honey Bee Cocktail Recipe Using Kenny Chesney Blue Chair Bay White Rum | Oysters & Pearls

It wouldn’t be a proper ringing in of Fall if you didn’t have a cocktail too, now would it?
Luckily, Blue Chair Bay is giving a bottle of rum away to one of you as well!

To enter to win a bottle of Blue Chair Bay Premium Rum for your own Fall toddy, leave a comment below telling me your favorite rum drink!  The winner will be announced on Monday, November 10th.

Note: Must be a U.S. citizen AND over the age of 21 to enter.

And for more rum drink inspiration, head over to Blue Chair Bay Rum’s Facebook Page.

Shop this post:
copper mug – Maiden South
vintage tartan flannel shirt – Maiden South

hand woven wool cowl – supplies from Fuzzy Goat
gold ring and bracelet – Christina Jervey Jewelry
rum – Blue Chair Bay Rum

Until Next Time

This post was sponsored by Blue Chair Bay Rum®.  All opinions and product sentiments are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Oysters & Pearls possible!

Lately

I haven’t posted many posts about the random stuff going on in my life lately.  I usually save Mondays for those types of posts, as they are usually iPhone pictures from the weekend… but I’ve been completely slacking in that department.  So, I thought I would throw some together to update y’all on the random stuff that’s been going on.  Warning: if you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably already seen all of this.  Or at least, a lot of it.

As suspected, we cannot get enough of little Miss June.  I mean, can you?

June the French Brittany | Oysters & Pearls Sleepy June, French Brittany Pup | Oysters & Pearls Wallace June: Best Friends | Oysters & Pearls

I just die.  Wallace is such a great big brother.  He is constantly playing with her, tolerating her, and giving her kisses.  Harold is still mostly ignoring his new sibling.

I will spare all of you the selfies I took of my swollen-shut eye.  Our very aggressive hive of bees kind of got really mad at us a couple weekends ago, and I ended up getting stung approximately five times on my left eye… not to mention the plethora of stings I got in my hair, on the rest of my face, and the rest of my body.  I ended up breaking out in some serious hives, but nothing emergency-inducing.  No pain, no gain, I suppose.  We are going to re-queen that hive and see if a nicer queen makes nicer bees.  The good news is, they make lots of honey.  And uncapped honey held up in the sun reminds me of my other favorite hobby: stained glass.

Honey Bees and Honey | Oysters & PearlsWe went to a wedding this past Saturday (Congratulations Logan and Clay!) and the neat lodge they had it at outside of Thomasville (Owl & Moon in Dixie, Georgia) had the most beautiful stained glass panels in it.  I was obsessed.

Snowy Egret Stained Glass Panel | Oysters & Pearls

Speaking of stained glass, I made my mom this hummingbird fan-pull.  It turned out really well, and she really loved it.  We love our hummers!

Stained Glass Hummingbird Fan Pull by Oysters & Pearls

I also made this little hanging wall vase, and I’ve been enjoying these succulent flowers over my nightstand all week.

Stained Glass Wall Vase | Oysters & Pearls

My sweet friend Lauren Dunston of LGDunston sent me one of her practice gyotaku fish prints last week, and I can’t get over how awesome it is to have a gyotaku print that I watched her make.

Shrimp Gyotaku Print fron LGDunston | Oysters & Pearls

Speaking of awesome friends, check out this unreal tobacco slat skateboard that Marc of Southern Restoration Furniture made!

Marc Ventry's Southern Restoration Furniture Tobacco Slat Skateboard | Oysters & PearlsThey aren’t currently for sale yet, but you could always email Marc and say pretty, pretty please

And my friend Will of Heartwood Forge is making me a knife… with my initials in it.  I am already so excited and cannot wait to start using it in my kitchen!

Heartwood Forge Custom Utility Knife for Oysters & Pearls Heartwood Forge Custom Utility Knife with Stamped Initials | Oysters & Pearls

I’m constantly amazed at the skill and talent of so many of the people I’m fortunate enough to call my friends, so many of which are completely due to writing this little ole blog.  I’m grateful every day!

We took June and Harold home to my parents to have supper with my dad last Sunday while my mom was at the beach.  June went for her first swim in the pond behind my parents’ house.  She loved it!

Bristol Pond | Oysters & Pearls June the French Brittany's First Swim | Oysters & Pearls June the French Brittany's First Swim | Oysters & Pearls

And for your ultimate viewing pleasure:

All kinds of things are always blooming in my parents’ yard.  This is a native plum azalea that I noticed blooming.  My dad said it was the first time it had!

Native Plum Azalea Bloom | Oysters & Pearls

 His night blooming cereus was about to bloom, too, but unfortunately we didn’t spend the night to watch the evening show.

Night Blooming Cereus Bloom | Oysters & Pearls

I can’t wait for ours to bloom so Wheat can see it!

A few evenings ago, Wallace brought us a juvenile banded water snake, which was 1) weird because we don’t exactly live in a swamp, and 2) they are really aggressive normally, so it was odd that he didn’t try to bite Wallace!  Don’t worry, their bites are supposed to hurt, but they are not venomous.  They’re often killed because of their resemblance to a Cotton Mouth, though.

Juvenile Banded Water Snake | Oysters & Pearls

Catch and release in heels before work. ;)

Speaking of work, Maiden South’s location is coming along.  Or at least it’s a bit cleaner and prettier!  Exposed brick makes us swoon.

Maiden South Renovation | Oysters & Pearls

 I stopped by a sweet gal’s house after work Wednesday to meet her chickens and learn a bit about them.  We chatted birds and bees and swapped pumpkin for eggs.

Chickens in Bainbridge | Oysters & PearlsDon’t you fret.  I’ve got coop plans in the works!  I’m sure you’re all shocked.
Any recommendations, tips, coop plans, etc. for me?

And to end on a flowery note, sweet Wheat sent me a beautiful orchid this week at work.  It is gorgeous!

Orchid from Singletary's in Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls

Happy weekend, y’all!

Shop this post:
custom forged knife: Heartwood Forge Knives
gulf shrimp print: LGDunston Gyotaku
tobacco slat skateboard: Southern Restoration Furniture
native plum azalea: Native Nurseries

orchid: Singletary’s Flowers

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Until Next Time