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I've been keeping this blog for all of my beekeeping years and I am beginning my 19th year of beekeeping in April 2024. 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.Master Beekeeper Enjoy with me as I learn and grow as a beekeeper.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Bee Christmas Tree

I've been lucky to have been given a number of bee Christmas ornaments every year. This year I had a small table tree that I decorated only with bee ornaments. Unfortunately I didn't have my camera until Christmas day so I didn't get a picture of the tree. However, I bought these ornaments from Brushy Mountain to put on the tiny tree.

My friend and fellow beekeeper in Atlanta, PN Williams, gave me this tiny hive (I am pretty sure he made it himself) so I put it on the tree as well. Isn't it a treasure? Thank you, PN.

I think these photos should be titled:  "Gulliver Visits the Lilliputian Bee Yard."

Hope all of my fellow beekeepers have had a happy holiday season!
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The Bees' Knees

On Christmas Eve in my family we always have what my oldest daughter has named the "Over the Top" dinner. In past years we have made the menu provided by Gourmet magazine, complete with the selected wines. This year, as many of you know, Gourmet is no more - the November issue was its last. We had no Gourmet to guide us, but Sarah came up with our menu.

Our appetizer course gave a nod to my bees. We had a cocktail called "the Bees' Knees." It consisted of (for two drinks) 1/2 cup gin, 3 T honey syrup (equal parts honey and warm water), 2 T lemon juice. This concoction is shaken in a cocktail shaker, which another daughter noted looked like a bee hive. Consumption of this delicious drink gave all of us an appropriate "buzz!"

The shaker

The drink

The appetizers that went with it: Pancetta crisps with goat cheese and pear slice and garlic crostini with a sage/white bean spread.

Wondering about the rest of the menu? Here's our Christmas Eve menu for the 2009 Over the Top Dinner:

Crostini with White Bean, Sage & Roasted Garlic Spread
Pancetta Crisps with Goat Cheese and Pear
Scarlet Carrot Soup
Herb Stuffed Leg of Lamb Braised in Red Wine
Winter Squash Gratin
Chard with Tomatoes and Asiago
Linda T’s Amazing Dinner Rolls (also made with honey)
Winter Jewel Upside-Down Cake with Pomegranate Compote
Chocolate Truffles

We had appropriate wines for each course. My son-in-law, Jeff, brought a bottle of wine he had brought from Paris a number of years ago to go with the lamb....really special.
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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Holiday Party

Last night was the Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Holiday party. It was a lot of fun. I was in charge of the party and I also took pictures - therefore there are no pictures of me at the party, but I promise I was there! It was a lot of fun. About 60 people came and we had a wonderful time.

Here's a slideshow of the party.

BTW, the Metro Atlanta Short Course is coming up in January - please come!

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