On a recent vacation to the Caribbean, I saw this bottle of Evan Williams Honey Reserve in the Duty Free shop. It was $11.50 US, so I picked it up. It was right next to bottles of Jack Daniel’s, so I am guessing that it must be pretty similar to the new Jack Daniel’s Honey Whiskey. Has anyone tried either of these brands?

I’m finding it hard to resist anything that has the word “honey” on it or a picture of a bee.

Also, for anyone interested in photography or for details on how I created this photograph, I’ve provided a set-up shot and information about lighting the bottle on Flickr.

This isn’t really related to beekeeping in Ontario specifically, but it is pretty interesting. Charlie Brandts is the official White House beekeeper. His bees pollinate the kitchen garden and provide honey for the kitchen as well. A short interesting video.

 

I assembled frames for my first box over the weekend. I also made a video that can be used as reference for anyone else that may be doing the same thing. In this video, I do not install wax foundation because it is February and my research has shown that bees prefer “fresh” foundation. I’ll leave that part until I’m closer to getting my bees.

 

I recently placed an internet order for some beekeeping supplies. I decided to order online rather than buying from a local beekeeping shop because the prices online were much cheaper, even after shipping.

I placed the order from http://www.beemaidbeestore.com/ for two jackets (with veils), a smoker and a bee brush. The complete order, after tax and shipping was $138.98. Here is an “unboxing” video of the package I received from BeeMaid:

 

I did miss one thing in the video that I wanted to note here. The smoker actually came with 3 “KwikStart” smoker pellets to use as samples. I don’t really know much about them, but the instructions say “Simply light with a flame, blow it out and watch the smoke roll.”

From time to time, I will post facts about bees which are truly amazing. Here is one of those facts… When a queen dies, the hive makes a new one.

The queen bee controls and coordinates the entire hive using pheromones. If something happens to the queen and she dies prematurely, the entire hive of 50,000 bees will know that she has died because her pheromones will stop being produced. As soon as this happens, the hive will go into action and begin creating a new queen.

To create a new queen, the hive will choose a larvae that is no more than 3 days old and they will start feeding it Royal Jelly. By doing so, the female bee larvae will grow into a queen bee and take control of the hive when she emerges from her cell. Truly amazing.