One of the first things I wanted to know when we began our beekeeping classes was how a beekeeper got to the honey. I had absolutely no knowledge of bees and, as interesting as it all was, I couldn’t wait to learn how to get that honey out of those honeycombs! It was quite […]
Ed and I first got interested in beekeeping in the winter of 2012. We found a class offered by our local Beekeeper’s Club, BONS, Beekeepers of the Northern Shenandoah, and signed up for a class that began in February. It lasted about eight weeks and consisted of one, two-hour class a week. I was a […]
I dearly love hydrangeas. They invoke an old fashioned, timeless beauty in any garden and to me there is no other shrub that can top the loveliness of their deep green, thick leaves and their unbelievably beautiful, complicated and romantic blossoms. Last year, we revamped our gardens on the north side of our house by […]
We visited our apiary today in the hopes of getting a good photo of our little ladies hard at work. We got really lucky! This one is carrying a bit of pollen.
Is there anything more satisfying than making jam you make from berries you grow yourself? I don’t think so! Even if you pick or buy your berries from a local farmer, you are helping that farmer prosper and grow, and I support that 100%, so if you can’t grow them that’s the next best thing. Here’s […]
Tomato jam, you say? Hmmm, doesn’t sound very appetizing, right? That would be SO wrong. Ed and I got this recipe from a friend of mine (Hi, Ashley) when she invited us out a couple of summers ago to pick pears out of her father’s pear tree in the Shenandoah Valley. She gave this to […]
The older I get, the more I appreciate the country life, and the more I love to travel these back country roads and steal a few images for safekeeping. Queen Anne’s Lace is currently reining gloriously by the roadsides and in the meadows. She’s my favorite of all the flowers. I hope you’ll enjoy the views with […]
Amid the chaos of making jams and jellies and canning them today, we threw together one of our favorite dishes for a quick supper: our healthy pizza. I buy a pre-made pizza crust and, honestly, the best tasting is Boboli. It’s just not the healthiest option. I generally look for whole grain crusts. We got […]