Do you know the feeling of anticipation for something you’ve waited a very long time for? Something you’ve dreamed about and knew would come your way, but sometimes the wait was excruciating? You may have had moments, during the wait, when you doubted that the dream would ever actually be fulfilled.
Oh, but when the dream becomes the reality it is so wonderful, like the first crisp day of Fall after a long stretch of unseasonably hot weather. That’s how I’ve felt in recent weeks as we harvested honey from hives we’ve been tending for four years.
While all the credit should go to the bees, who are amazing insects, I will give oodles of credit to my husband and step-daughter. They have both worked many hours with the bees to keep strong queens in the hives, and kept all hives healthy and well supplied with pollen and nectar.
We recently had our first harvest in four years, and it paid off, accumulating 160 pounds of honey from two hives. The photos below show the stages of the process.
We will be selling some of the honey and have packaged it to sell in half pound, pound, 2 pound and 2.6 pound quantities. All profits (yeah, right!) will be reinvested into sustaining the bees for the future of all mankind. Contact me if you’re interested in purchasing some raw, pure, unfiltered Vermont honey.
I know, I know! It’s been a long time since I’ve posted. I miss it and I miss you all! Now that I have had a week from work and made it through the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I found time to go out and take some photos and process a few for your viewing pleasure. I do hope you enjoy my neighborhood as much as I do!
Happy 4th of July!
It’s been a busy spring in the Northeast Kingdom, and particularly East Burke.
This week I toured around taking pictures of some new things in town.
Let’s start at Burke Mountain. There are some relatively new condos up there and I have to say, they are much better looking than most other condos on the hill.
There is also construction of a new hotel on Burke Mountain. It’s coming along, but not as quickly as I’d thought it would. Opening date is supposed to be December 2015.
In the middle of the village they’ve been replacing the bridge, which has meant lots of detours around town. But it was only closed for a few weeks – amazing! Here it is, now open for traffic once again:
There is also some new art work in town on the front Lawn of the East Burke Clubhouse:
I believe the artist of these two sculptures is Martin McGown, but I am not certain so don’t quote me on that.
So, that’s it – a few changes going on around town. All for the good, I think.