Because we were working with some crystallized honey, the filters needed constant attention and cleaning. Kent showed incredible fortitude in sticking with this nasty sticky project for many hours on Saturday and again some on Sunday afternoon! We were so proud of him. He was a great encouragement. Not only that, he often cleaned out the cappings presser and did some scrubbing on the supers as well. It was a tough, yukky, tedious workday! Kent showed maturity beyond his years.
Jessica bottled and bottled and bottled honey—more than 300 pounds—seldom taking a break. She never lost her concentration and there were very few drips. Sometimes she even sang as she worked! What a privilege to have her on our team!
Bob and Kevin put the supers with crystallized honey on the back deck for the bees to work. The bees are excited to help. It is such fun to watch them! Within a few days the frames will be nice and clean.
And then my hubby—the overseer, encourager, extractor operator—on his feet, up and down a stepstool, for two whole days, doing all kinds of jobs. I am praying that he has a great sleep tonight with no leg cramps!
Bob is embracing the sweat.
David will be 11 years old tomorrow and made cupcakes for all of us to enjoy. Susan, Morgan, Hale, Seamus and Kathi all came to celebrate with us. It is always fun for us to see the cousins together.
Yay—we are done harvesting honey! The garage is clean again. We have boxes of delicious bottled backyard honey—in four or five different sizes, fresh, and ready for sale. However, if we add in any labor costs, it is totally unaffordable.
This is newly bottled comb honey.
We are all a good kind of exhausted.
We will feel better in the morning!