Me, a Beekeeper?

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A nervous beekeeper in training!  Photo courtesy of Linda Fails.

Aren’t bees fascinating?  I am so loving the bees.  A colleague mentioned that there was a bee school in Blueridge, Texas, about an hour away.  It didn’t take much to convince me to attend.

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So, we headed out about 7:40 a.m. on a Saturday for a 7-hour course.  Texas Bee Supply was our host for the day, and the lecturers were sisters Tabitha and Kaylynn.  They did an amazing job teaching, keeping the students engaged,  and clearly presenting the topics.  Who knew there was so much to know about bees?

A group of beekeepers inspecting the hives.
A group of beekeepers inspecting the hives. Photo courtesy of Linda Fails.

Part of the class involved suiting up and going to look at live beehives.  That was a bit intimidating, especially since my jeans were ankle length!  I feared bees going up my pants legs.  Thankfully my fears did not come true.

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The store at Texas Bee Supply offered honey, creamed honey, soaps, pretty much all things bee related.  Their primary products are the veils, suits, helmets, bee boxes, smokers, gloves and anything and everything you need to be a bee hobbyist.

Lots of bee boxes!
Lots of bee boxes!

I learned so much that day!  It was amazing.  I would love to have bees, but at this point I am not sure I have the time to do it and do it well.  But, I am in awe of those that do.

Did you know:

In a worker bee’s lifetime, they only produce 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey.

Worker bees live up to 6 weeks.

Only female bees sting; males don’t have stingers.

Worker bees visit 50-100 flowers per day.

Honey is the only food that never goes bad.

Notice the pollen on the bee's knee.
Notice the pollen on the bee’s knee.

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