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Friday, November 04, 2005

Photo Friday (Vol. XLIV) [royalty edition]

Two apologies are in order:

1.  Sorry that Photo Friday is up so late today.  I was out early to go mingle with some local royalty.  By this I mean that I had to go see a beekeeper friend in Kfar Bilu about buying two new queens to lead a couple of new hives.  It seems that my bees have been reproducing so nicely that I will be able to create two new hives this week, but they each need a queen.  While I was there I spent a couple of hours working alongside this 3rd generation beekeeper in one of his apiaries and watched his technique.  He doesn't wear gloves and only puts on a veil if he is really going to spend a long time poking around inside a particularly atsbani (quarrelsome) hive.  He didn't get one sting!

2.  Sorry that there aren't more pictures.  I ran out this morning without the camera and all I have for you is a picture of the two queens in their cages (they have a few attendant bees in there with them to feed and clean them). 
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Oh, yeah... and also a picture of the kids.  If you look closely you can see Yonah sitting on the couch grinning like an idiot.  Just let him spot a camera and he he will smile until you give in and take his picture.  The big kids have asked to be able to each keep a queen in their room until I install them in their new hives this week.  Zahava doesn't even want to know they are in the house.
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I know... some of you (very few, I'm guessing), are saying "oh wow... neat!"  The rest of you... not so much.  :-)

Anyway, looking at my watch I see it's time to put aside the queen bees and get ready to welcome a different kind of queen!

Shabbat Shalom!
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Posted by David Bogner on November 4, 2005 | Permalink

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Yeah, more pictures woulda been nice... hence, Photo Friday! ;) But at least there was one. And the Queens looked very nice - (you coulda put an arrow pointing at her or something!)
Shabbat Shalom!

Posted by: val | Nov 4, 2005 2:49:48 PM

Very nice pic of the kids - - thanks!! ;)

Posted by: val | Nov 4, 2005 2:52:55 PM

The kids--adorable, beautiful, kena hora, ptu, ptu, ptu, etc...
The bees--not so much

Shabbat Shalom!

Posted by: Essie | Nov 4, 2005 3:09:57 PM

Yes, indeed: wow, neat! And the pics of your children are lovely!

You can title this post and your previous post: "The Land of Milk and Honey." Literally.

Shabbat shalom!

Posted by: Rahel | Nov 4, 2005 3:12:06 PM

Wow David, you've created quite a buzz!

Posted by: Geoff | Nov 4, 2005 3:14:37 PM

So many puns, so little time.

Posted by: Jack | Nov 4, 2005 3:48:02 PM

That's pretty cool. I always wanted to keep a beehive, but I was afraid that I would be considered liable if one of my neighbors got stung.

Posted by: Evan | Nov 4, 2005 6:12:24 PM

I'm in the "oh wow - neat" category. Those bees look ginormous (yes, it is so a word!)...if it is not too much trouble, could you explain why you need new hives? how many bees in one before you would start another? thanks....cute kids! Shabbat shalom....

Posted by: mcaryeh | Nov 4, 2005 6:48:34 PM

Shabbat shalom.

Posted by: Doctor Bean | Nov 4, 2005 8:44:22 PM

Could Cheryl Pomeranz also have been a designer from Washington University?

Posted by: tom | Nov 5, 2005 3:00:02 AM

Val... Sheesh, I'm in the middle of loading pictures and you're already bitching about not enough of them! I'm telling mom you're picking on me!!!

Essie... To each his/her own. There are days I'd take the bees. :-)

Rahel... See, now if I had been paying attention I could have made that connection. But clearly I wasn't. :-)

Geoff... Ouch!

Jack... Thank you for your restraint.

Evan... You can always do as I have and keep the hive in a spot close enough to home that you can get there quickly... but far enough that it won't bother residential areas.

Mcaryeh... They are really quite small... there are just a bunch of them in each cage. There is no set number when it is ok to split a hive... but it is clear from looking at mine that it was a very good year and they can safely form more colonies.

Doctor Bean... An uncharacteristically short comment. Everything OK?

Tom... Yes she is. You can reach her at treppenwitz at gmail dot com.

Posted by: David | Nov 5, 2005 9:02:10 PM

You're sweet to ask. I was absolutely swamped with work and couldn't come up with something that met my very low standards.

Posted by: Doctor Bean | Nov 6, 2005 7:33:19 AM

Semi-random question, but you may know. Is there anywere in Israel where one can take a tour of a bee farm and how they make honey?. Everything from the bees to the processing to the packaging, to the store shelf (kind of like taking a tour of a beer factory)? Maybe there is a particular kibbutz?

Posted by: N | Nov 6, 2005 10:42:31 AM

Doctor Bean... Ah, well work comes before surfing... I completely understand.

N... There are a few, but I would recommend that you contact my fellow beekeeper (who is actually my mentor) Yuval Lin. His apiary in Kfar Bilu (next to Rehovot) is called 'Meshek Lin', and in addition to being a fully operational honey operation with a nice store selling all their products, he also has facilities for tours and school visits on the premises. He can be reached at (08) 941 5859.

Posted by: David | Nov 6, 2005 10:58:59 AM

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