So, unfortunately the bees did not make it through winter. One theory is that because of the late season hurricanes there wasn’t any pollen left on the trees for the bees to collect to feed baby bees during the winter. They weren’t able to maintain their population at high enough numbers to keep each other warm until spring. The good news is that they left us with a fair amount of honey.
First, Amber and I assembled the honey extractor, which was actually quite a tricky process.
Then we scraped the outer beeswax with a hot knife to expose the honey. And then put the goods in the extractor.
And then after some muscles… it was honey time!