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Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy New Year and Hope it's a good Bee Year

I'm rather glad to see the beginning of a new year - while it does make me older and older, I am glad to shut the door on 2014.  I had a hard beekeeping year in 2014.  I had an injured leg for most of the year, falling on Christmas day, 2013, and in a cast for much of the summer.  My bee season activities were limited and especially my early spring start up was limited by my injury.

Now I am all better - it was a one year-to-heal injury and indeed took until Christmas 2014 to be fully better.

In addition, I had my kitchen in my tiny house redone over the summer and that too interfered with my beekeeping because it was just so hard to get to the hives.

So in my back yard are some dead hives and some obviously live ones.  Two of the liveliest hives are a split that I made from a swarm hive and a hive that is two years old from a swarm near Northlake mall.  My third active and interesting hive is one that I never consolidated going into winter.  I also didn't harvest from it.  As a result it is still six or seven boxes tall.  Maybe it seems like a tree to the bees who are living there.  We'll see if they make it all the way through the winter.  And there are some others still living and hopefully hanging on until spring.

This year 2015, I am hoping to use my queen castle that I bought last year and was then unable to use.  I am hoping to keep my sights smaller and focus more on my home hives than expanding.

My hive at Chastain died mid summer - not unlikely from the poison that is used at the Chastain Conservancy - Roundup was sprayed within feet of our hives there.  I don't plan to replace that hive.

I have live bees in Rabun County, in my backyard, at the Morningside community garden (I hope they are alive), at my friend Tom's house, and at the Inn.   I am not expanding this coming year and will focus on whatever hives make it through the winter.

So I am planning to be a focused and intense beekeeper this year, 2015.  I plan to put lots of energy into the state bee club where the leadership is extremely positive and supportive.  My friend Julia and I are in charge of the "spring" meeting in February this year and we are setting up what purports to be a great conference.  And my friend Gina and I edit the newsletter for GBA (Spilling the Honey).  I love working on that with Gina and will continue to do that in the next year.

So my bee resolutions for 2015 are:

1.  To be the best beekeeper I can be
2.  To focus on quality and not on quantity for both bee hive numbers and honey production
3.  To put out (with Gina) the best state newsletter possible
4.  To support the Georgia Beekeepers Association in every way I can
5.  To help new beekeepers to get started in whatever way I find to do so.

Happy New Year to all my Beekeeping Friends and Readers!
Hope you have the best bee year ever.....

1 comment:

  1. Hi Linda,

    Happy New Year as well from all the team at kiwimana.

    Thanks again for coming on our beekeeping podcast this year, your show was one of the top five downloads in 2014!!!

    We hope the year is good for you are all your bees, hopefully the Atalanta winter is not so bad and all your colonies start spring strong.

    Gary and Magaret
    kiwimana beekeeping podcast


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