We started this spring with a single overwintered beehive and no plans to purchase anymore. Honestly, I thought we were moving away from beekeeping. I am in simplify mode this year, though Jonny doesn’t necessarily share my feelings when it comes to keeping bees. Apparently, the bees had other ideas as well. Late this spring, a wild swarm moved into a hive sitting empty by our front door, not where I would choose to keep a colony of bees. I moved the other empty hives to the side of the house temporarily, and another swarm moved in, this time from our overwintered hive. Then before we knew it, that wild swarm had sent out another swarm, which Jonny caught and put in one of our hives. Those wild bees are awfully productive! We went from one to four hives, unintentionally. The upside of all these unexpected bees is a little honey harvest that Mabel has loved helping with. It’s been a slow, messy process, with lots of sticky hands and faces, but the honey is now all in jars. What I am left with is a bunch of beeswax to process. My girls and I are pretty excited about trying some recipes from a new book we recently got called (affiliate link) Beeswax Alchemy. I want to add beeswax and honey to a batch of my goat’s milk soap and see how that goes, and I also plan to make candles.
I wish I had some moving news, but I don’t yet. One job has been eliminated and another is on the table now, this a job that wouldn’t require a move. We are trusting God to open and close doors, and hopefully soon! I have been alternating between a place of peace and trust and one of holding my breath. I’m so ready to exhale. It’s very hard to have everything up in the air and especially so close to the beginning of a school year. While we wait, I’m trying to focus on honey and beeswax. That should keep me busy.