Candid Reflections

July 1, 2008

Sweet Dreams of Liquid Gold

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The Historian has been doing some researching lately – he wants to be a bee-keeper.  Our friends, who happen to be raising a bee colony of their own, introduced us to their bees in May and that was all it took to ignite his interest.  He has been reading and filling us in on the different rolls of each colony member: the workers, drones, and the queen herself.  He learned that honey comes in as many colors and flavors as there are flowers.  I picture a field of clover, a patch of raspberries, a hill of wildflowers… 

Did you know that eating honey is an effective way to fend off local pollen allergies, basically a natural way of inoculating yourself.  Not only does it help with allergies, it’s quite nutritious.  Pollen is one of the richest and purest of natural foods – chock full of protein, enzymes, vitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin C, biotin, and rutine.  Honey also has antibacterial properties and is used in some cultures to prevent infection of cuts and burns.  I have a friend who worked in the burn unit of her hometown hospital several years ago, and they used honey in treating burn victims.  She said the most common delay in healing burn wounds is infection, and the antibiotic/antiseptic properties of pure, undiluted honey worked amazingly at preventing infection and encouraging the healing process.

We’ve been keeping our eyes peeled for a natural swarm to relocate into a wood frame, but most likely we will have to wait for next spring and get them in the mail.  That way they will have two whole seasons to produce and prepare for winter.  Ahh, makes my mouth water just  thinking of it!  For now, I’ll encourage my researcher to keep drinking in all the facts.



  1. Cool, you’ll have to tell him to make sure he has enough to share! I love honey.

    Comment by jenny — July 1, 2008 @ 12:22 pm

  2. Way to go Seth…we have something in common. I have a stack of beekeeping books beside me right now!

    Comment by Nancy — July 1, 2008 @ 1:49 pm

  3. i just found you on mt. hope. i noticed a comment that you left saying your girls and their vocal pitch. well, i am a mother of 3 boys and then came our sweet, precious, LOUD daughter!! i am glad to know it is not just mine! i love your blog! you are an awesome photographer! did you take classes or just trial and error? i am trying my hardest to learn, i just don’t know if i have the brain to “get it”! i will definitely be back to see more! thanks!

    Comment by spanki — July 2, 2008 @ 11:55 am

  4. We’ll share Jen!

    Nancy, are you going to order bees as well?

    Spanki, it’s nice to have you over! I did take two photography classes at my local junior college – primarily to learn how to use my camera. The instructor encouraged us to get our settings off of automatic, and that is exactly what I needed. My camera is quite often set to aperture priority now, and I don’t feel so lost with the photography lingo – when I started a year and a half ago I was pretty clueless. I have soo much more to learn, but the classes helped me to feel more comfortable with my camera. My current favorite study is Photoshop. That program is absolutely amazing and I think it will take me years to learn to use it to it’s full capacity!
    Before I took the two classes at the college, I’d checked out books from the library – I felt the same as you…I wondered if I’d ever get it. Having an instructor who I could ask specific questions of really helped – it was exactly the jump start I needed. So be encouraged… jump in and surround yourself with photographers… you’ll soon find yourself picking it up. Best wishes to you. Michelle

    Comment by candid reflections — July 2, 2008 @ 1:18 pm

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