On Mother’s Day, we took a little family beekeeping excursion out to check on Henry’s hives that he had dropped off in the heart of the Willamette Valley about a week earlier. Seed farmer, Cody Younger (one of Henry’s friends from college who I wrote about last summer in this post), contracted Henry’s bees to […]


Bees Flying in Winter

January 26, 2012 · 6 comments

The sun came out yesterday, and the bees went nuts. They hurried out of the hives and clouded the air. I walked right into their territory to pick some kale (bottom right) for lunch, and in just a few moments, I had bees in crawling in my hair, on my clothes, and on my camera. […]


Bee Tree

January 13, 2012 · 5 comments

Last Thursday, Henry got a call in the early afternoon from a contact (Wade) who works at the Thompson Sortyard (a distribution center where logs come in from the woods, are graded, get auctioned off, and then get trucked out to their final destinations). Apparently, Wade had been running a specially designed forestry excavator with […]



May 26, 2011 · 17 comments

Friday, May 13 was a beautiful sunny day, the first in a while for us Oregonians. Henry was at work, so the kids and I played and did chores outside all morning. When Charlotte was due for a nap, we all came in the house, and then the girl and I laid down on the […]


This hollow, rotten hemlock log was trucked into the local log sort yard (a location where logs come in from the forest and are processed for wood pulp or held until they are sold and shipped to a mill) with a hive of bees in it last fall. Our friend Stu got a call from […]


Preparing Bee Boxes

April 27, 2011 · 2 comments

We have one hive of honey bees that has successfully overwintered for four years (last summer was the first time there was enough honey to harvest), but we’re hoping to catch a couple new swarms this spring. To prepare for swarming season, Henry the Husband spent the afternoon readying bee boxes for habitation. Our friend […]