Hello all. The last time I posted, I shared my bread baking experience. I have expanded and started two bee colonies.
I am having a blast. I took a beginners class from a local bee club and ordered two colonies. One colony is rather weak and probably won't survive. (This happens.) The other hive is doing awesome. I will be collecting honey very soon. The added benefit is that the pear and apple trees have more fruit than ever on them.
Bees take a small investment for equipment and supplies.
Check out this built-up frame dripping with honey.
I think the benefit of having an endless honey supply are worth it. I have sampled the honey and it is the sweetest tasting honey that I have ever had. I will be adding more colonies next spring.
I recently went camping and took my new 8 quart and 4 quart Lodge cast iron Dutch Ovens. I cooked a beef stew in the 8 quart and made a peach cobbler in the 4 quart using only charcoal briquettes to cook with. Both were excellent.