Sunday, February 8, 2009

photos from installing my first hive


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jenna,
I'm curious. What are the black symbols on the side of your bee box? They seem to match the same thing on the right side of your blog...

February 8, 2009 at 10:56 AM  
Blogger Eva said...

As a former beekeeper I would recommend better (tight) fitting gloves.

February 8, 2009 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger Shaun said...

Oh I wish I was getting bees this season.

February 8, 2009 at 1:10 PM  
Anonymous tammy said...

Oh boy... I am SO looking forward to this! I'm planning on my first hive this spring too. Right now I'm refinishing the old smoker that my grandfather used with his bees. It's going to be white with brass colored trim, honey colored wood stain to match the burgandy bellows. I am SO excited! Lucky you!

February 8, 2009 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...


those three runes have been around my whole life, and have been scribbled on everything from beehives to water bottles over the years so i know it's mine. They are old norse runes - algiz, wunjo, and jera. They literally mean peace/protection, love/hope, and fall/harvest along with a bunch of other things. I like them.

February 8, 2009 at 1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very cool. Thanks for the info.

February 8, 2009 at 1:46 PM  
Blogger Carrie and Justin said...

I'm so eager to follow your bee keeping! This is something I really am interested in, but am not sure I can pull off where we live. I wish you lots of luck and look forward to seeing your progress (& honey!).

February 8, 2009 at 4:42 PM  
Blogger Elsie said...

I put bees in last spring, though I think I lost the hive. It was a rough summer here in VA and I should have fed them earlier - not enough bees to keep things warm in this inordinately cold winter.... (my "bee mentor" who has been doing this forever lost half of his hives so at least I know it was a challenging year.)

I am planning on another order this spring. I have my bees in the city though. My neighbors have been super excited and supportive.

February 8, 2009 at 4:50 PM  
Blogger denny said...

Nice! I'm planning to get bees set up this spring and was very excited to see these photos.

February 9, 2009 at 9:54 AM  
Anonymous Louis C. said...

Jenna, you are a very positive person. is it just a coincidence that algiz wunjo jera seems to spell the english word "Y-E-S," perhaps scratched out by one of your chickens?

February 9, 2009 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger Leiflet said...




February 9, 2009 at 4:07 PM  
Blogger Stacy said...

Hi Jenna,

a friend of mine linked me to your blog as I'm "into that sort of thing" It's true, there's no denying it.

I love your stories and photographs of the farm, and hopefully someday I'll have my own. Two years ago I started beekeeping and gardening, and that has been a fun adventure.

Keep up the good work and live the dream!


February 9, 2009 at 11:30 PM  
Blogger Christa said...

We are looking forward to hearing more about the bees!

February 10, 2009 at 11:51 AM  
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