Honey Honey Honey!


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.

First must remove all the bees from the frames, then load them onto the truck for transport to the garage.

A handy tool to remove the caps so the honey can be extracted

Four frames at a time can fit in the extractor

Once the extractor is turned on it spins the honey out of the frames in about 10 minutes

Open the tap and remove honey from the extractor

The honey is strained to remove excess comb

The final step is bottling the honey

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.

1/2 pound for $5.00
1 pound for $10.00
2 pounds for $18.00
2.6 pounds for $24.00

Gentle Sunday Morning Yoga


This Sunday morning practice is designed for those new to yoga. The practice will focus on proper alignment, gentle stretching to avoid stiffness and asanas (poses) to improve balance and flexibility.

Sunday, April 23, 2017
9:00 am to 10:15 am
East Burke Club House
$10.00 per person/per session

This week we will focus on lengthening and restorative poses, along with a full body scan to check in with how we are doing.

The Neighborhood

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!

Chapel View

Chapel View


Mountain View sunset

Mountain View sunset


Christmas Snow

Christmas Snow


Vermont Winter

Vermont Winter


Clubhouse trees

Clubhouse trees


Snowstorm

Snowstorm


Sugarhouse Road

Sugarhouse Road


Kupetz Home

Kupetz Home


Snowfall

Snowfall


Clubhouse Trees 2

Clubhouse Trees 2


Kelly Farm

Kelly Farm


Warmth in Winter

Warmth in Winter


Winter Home

Winter Home

FiRewOrKs!

Happy 4th of July!
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What’s New in the Neighborhood

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.

New Bear Path condos

New Bear Path condos

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.

New hotel from the lower side

New hotel from the lower side


New hotel from the upper side

New hotel from the upper side


New hotel - the WHOLE thing

New hotel – the WHOLE thing

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:

Downtown (or is it uptown or overstreet?) East Burke

Downtown (or is it uptown or overstreet?) East Burke

There is also some new art work in town on the front Lawn of the East Burke Clubhouse:

New fish in town

New fish in town

New face in town

New face in town

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.