March 03, 2019

Happy 303 Day!

Can you believe this blog is over 10 years old? I started it to chronicle our adventure from total beginner to seasoned beekeepers. I would confess all the mistakes, illustrate what ever hurdles we encountered, and post tons of photos to make the journey easier for others just getting started with bees and top bar hives.

Becoming allergic to bee stings threw me for a loop, and some posts since that Sad Sunday are somewhat tangential, but I'm closer than ever to getting back to honey bee keeping and blogging. One day while at the allergist, waiting out the obligatory "let's see if she dies in the next 30 minutes after getting triple venom shots," I decided to polish up the blog and – ack! — I discovered that significant chunks of code were no longer functional. Sooo many photos went missing. Oh, Google, why did you sunset Picasa?!

Much like a beehive, a blog is easy to set up but can grow difficult to maintain.

I never intended on becoming and blogger per se and, even though I learned html, css and even some php, I suddenly felt like I was looking at a cross-combed hive with lots of combs (i.e., code) needing to be culled and replaced. Part of me wanted to treat it like AFB* and just burn the whole thing down. But I started this blog with a swarm in 2008 and couldn't bring myself to destroy the almost 400 posts published since. But the real reason I put in the hours and repaired all the bad code is that is the home of Marty Hardison's instructional booklet on Top Bar Beekeeping.

An invaluable resource, "The Appropriate Beehive" is free to download. But it's not free for me to provide, so donations to continue hosting it are welcomed. Click on the button below to donate $3 and offset the cost to host it here. My favorite parts of The Appropriate Beehive: An Introduction to Topbar Beekeeping are the building plans for a top bar hive and The List (aka When to Do What for One's Bees). What about you? Leave a comment. 👇

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*American Foul Brood is a highly infectious bee disease. Because of the persistence of the spores (which can survive up to 40 years), many state apiary inspectors require AFB diseased hives to be burned completely.


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