Yesterday, we went in and checked out our resident bee hive and found that the supers were loaded with honey. Guess it’s all that citrus here and around that’s creating a good honey flow. Our street is right off a major street called ‘Orange Grove’ which, back in them days, was actually groves of oranges. But there are still a few trees left in the many of the surrounding properties.
Spring is a highly active season for bees, so you must be on top of things or things can get a little out of hand. There are a lot of things involved when it comes to beekeeping and one is always learning how to deal with these little insects.
The bees were a bit more agitated then normal, since it was a very warm day and they had lots of honey to protect. Anyhow, Jordanne was there helping out and taking photos/video without a veil and got this love bite from one of the bees.
We kidded her about it and she, being a good sport, took our ribbing in good nature. I told her, “Move over, Octo-mom” and Justin dubbed her “Angelina Jordie.” One of the benefits of beekeeping is that you get lip injections for free, giving your smackers that most desirable look (well, in Hollywood, that is). Smile!
Ah, the joys of urban homestead life! Forgot to add that there’s the good, the bad, the ugly and considerably FUNNY side too!
Speaking of backyard bees and the urban homestead lifestyle just this past year we are seeing the UH movement growing like wildfire.
Can’t believe how far this revolution has come into the mainstream. Eight years ago when we/I started “blogging” there was no UH sites, blogs, nadda on the internet and now there are tons of blogs, countless books, articles and websites devoted to UH. Hopefully the movement/trend will stick around longer than the “back to the land movement” in the 70’s when only a few had willpower and passion to stick it out.
Actually, we are finding more and more people jumping into the waters without proper research or understanding and find themselves drowning with problems and questions.
Our “have it now, extreme makeover culture” is breeding a bunch of people who think this lifestyle can happen overnight or in just a year when in fact it takes patience, common sense, passion and dedication for the long haul.
They, naturally excited, run out and buy a goat or chicken, duck, bees without doing any prior reading or research and then call us either having to deal with a sick or dying animal or not knowing what to do at all – what to feed it, how to house it. etc. Or wanting to grow their own food, dig up their front yards without proper planning and consideration of their neighbors.
Our concern now is that this tidal wave will leave a wake of many sick, dying or even abandon animals once people realize the time, patience and resources necessary to care for bees (which SWARM and now have issues with verroa mites), goats (that can get bloat or have pregnancy issues), chickens, ducks that can have a slew of health problems like sour croop or get egg bound. It reminds us of the baby chick, cute bunny buying frenzy around Easter this sort of “rush out and be an urban homesteader” is the downside to this pioneering movement which is sadly having unfortunate ramifications.
Urban homesteading is not just about growing your own food, it’s an entire lifestyle choice and you have to be prepared to deal with the good, the bad and the ugly that comes along with it – 24/7/365+