Today Jim inspected the new bees to see if they are healthy and making honey. The supers by the pond have lazy bees..so far they've just been luxuriating in their new homes.
It's another story at the scrapyard by the barn, where a super was put "temporarily". As you can see, those bees know that they are not living at water-side resort, but in a honey factory in a working-class neighborhood. The bees have started making honey, but for some reason were working to make new comb instead of depositing their labors into the cells provided for them. Jim scraped off the comb to discourage this (we want the bees to spend their energy in making enough honey for them AND us), and re-arranged the frames in the supers. Hopefully the bees will like this situation.
For reasons unknown to modern man, the lyrics "sugar pie honey bunch", sung by the Temptations, ran through my mind as I was photographing the inspection. I am not a baker, especially pies, so I had to look up a recipe for honey pies. They all looked too gooey to me, and since I have an orchard I decided to share an apple pie recipe that uses honey from food.com.
I haven't tested the recipe and cannot vouch for it, but it looks good!
Marcheta *can't help myself