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I've been keeping this blog for all of my beekeeping years and I am beginning my 17th year of beekeeping in April 2022. Now there are more than 1300 posts on this blog. Please use the search bar below to search the blog for other posts on a subject in which you are interested. You can also click on the "label" at the end of a post and all posts with that label will show up. At the very bottom of this page is a list of all the labels I've used.

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I began this blog to chronicle my beekeeping experiences. I have read lots of beekeeping books, but nothing takes the place of either hands-on experience with an experienced beekeeper or good pictures of the process. I want people to have a clearer picture of what to expect in their beekeeping so I post pictures and write about my beekeeping saga here. Along the way, I've passed a number of certification levels and am now a
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

St. John's Eve - the patron saint of beekeepers

Today my sweet friend, Stephanie, sent me this lovely nod to beekeepers.  On today's Writer's Almanac, Garrison Keillor declares that tonight is Midsummer's Eve or St. John's Eve, St. John being the patron saint of beekeepers!  Here's the link.  Be sure to listen to Wed. June 23 (which is the actual day it is when I am posting this.

Curious, I looked up more about St. John - in searching I found that St. Valentine as well as St. Ambrose are also known as patron saints of beekeepers - popular little insects, aren't they?  There's an old post on Beemaster that names Michael Bush as the patron saint of organic beekeepers!  Bees are popular with a number of saints:  Saint Gobnait (St. Deborah) and Saint Bernard of Clairveaux.

So on Midsummer's Eve, let's hope some of my empty hives spend the night making honey!

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