Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Tea on Tuesday - T is for BeauTiful.

Hello there

I hope you all had a beautiful weekend over the Bank Holiday weekend?  I sure did for most of it.  I decided it would be a computer free time as I spend so long all day on my work computer and then a few hours in the evening, the sun was out to play and I was going to enjoy it.

Now it is Tuesday, and time to share a cuppa with my friend Elizabeth.

Now regulars will know I usually share a scrapbook project with you.  However, today I am going to share something that will no doubt turn into a scrapbook project.  The mug is a bit of a clue.....

It is actually one of Mr Hettie's Sophie Allerton mugs, which he let me borrow for my share today. What am I showing you?  Something wonderful from late yesterday afternoon.  Mr Hettie opened up our bee hive....
Some propalis honey in the making there.  This was the first time I was able to spot it.

Some capped honey ready for us to extract in the next week or so....
We took the frame below out for a few moments and the bees came up for a looksie...
Now this is a frame with egg cells on.   No if you look closely towards the top, about a third of the way down you will see a little black spot poking out.....

Here it is before the....
And now....  Yes.  We got to witness a bee emerging from its cell!  It is the one on the left here.  What a wonderful sight to capture.  Mr Hettie thinks it is a drone as it is substantially larger than the other bees, though not big enough to be a new Queen.  I feel so honoured that we were able to see it and on an occasion when I remembered to take the camera with me.
And here I am in my finery!  That is the Chicken Run behind me!

I hope you enjoyed sharing this with you and no doubt you will see a scrapbook project using these photos.

Hugs

Hettie

28 comments:

Dianne said...

cute mug, and love the bees to go along with it! so glad your bees are healthy and making honey...fascinating photos. thanks for sharing!

Divers and Sundry said...

love that mug!

thx for the fascinating photos of the bees. we have a craft fair here that has someone who brings a demonstration bee display, with bees between a frame. i've never seen a bee emerge from a cell before, but they always point out the queen while i'm watching the bees do their thing. bees are fun to watch.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm so glad you shared this today. I've never seen a beehive before, except from the outside on TV. You know the director isn't going to let the star get stung, so it's not the same as seeing you in your finery and a bee emerging from the cell.

You have such a wonderful lifestyle with chickens and bees (OH MY!!). I always enjoy the visit, and look forward to seeing what you create in this scrapbook project.

Thanks for BEEing such a good player this week and showing us a side of you and beekeeping we've not seen before during T.

Di said...

Fabulous post Sam! BRILLIANT photos and may I say you do look very fetching in your apparel - somewhat Victorian :)

Hugs, Di xx

Halle said...

So cool! Thanks for sharing your bees with us! I can almost taste that yummy honey!

Super Stamp Girl said...

Oh, what an awesome post, Hettie! So neat to see the inside life of the bees! Thanks for sharing. Happy T-day!

SSG #1

Nancy said...

Thank you for sharing that with us!! I love honey :) when I do add it to my tea, I also add one to my mouth :)
I buy it from the farmer's market.
I so wish I could have a couple of chickens--love them!
Happy Tuesday:)

Irene said...

Brilliant post Sam, I love the mug and your finery, you look so fetching.
luv
irene
xxxx

Krisha said...

Very interesting to see the bee photos, thanks for sharing them, and you look so charming in your picture.....grin

Love the bee cup, so darn cute!

Happy T-day

~*~Patty S said...

ooo Hettie
thank you SO very much for this peek into your fabulous beezy weezy world...
Lucky You
and
that mug is just perfect too...
Happy T Day to you
oxo

Linda said...

amazing shots of the bee keep -wow! I admire you for doing it. Beekeeping is slowly gaining popularity in my local area. I just saw 3 different seminars being held about it. Love the coordinating mug :) Happy T day!

Rita said...

I love the mug. Prefer my bees painted. (Scared of bees--even an outfit like yours would not get me near the hives.)
Happy T-Day! :)

dawn said...

WOW, I didn't see this BEE post coming, how amazing and neat to see. I am not that brave but glad you are and could share with us. CUTE MUG!!
Happy T Day!

Nan G said...

Likewise...WOW...that is so cool! I would be so scared even if I was all decked out in bee-finery attire. So glad I stopped by. Hugs

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

This was absolutely fascinating and I admire your courage to be so close to them, call me timid! They surely make quite a bit of buzz when outside of the frame.
Cute mug and what an interesting post, so glad you took the time to share with us.
Wishes
Lynne

Darnell J Knauss said...

You are quite fetching, Sam! What a beciting experience for you and for us since you had your camera! Thank you for sharing! Your photos will make a wonderful layout for these unforgettable memories!!

I'll be over in 45 minutes to soak my thumb. You're a life-saver!! Hugs, Darnell

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Keeping busy must be very interesting! So cool that they are making honey and that you got to see one emerge from a cell! Happy T Day!

Bonnie said...

What amazing photos, Sam! Can't wait to see that scrapbook page!

Jules said...

Hi Hettie

What fabulous photographs .. .. really interesting to see.

Loving the mug too!!

Hope you are having a good week.

Love Jules xx

Ariel said...

This is so amazing. Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos.
Wishing you a wonderful week.
Susan

SARN said...

I'm ba-ack! GREAT mug Sam. And how WONDERFUL to see a little bee being born. FAB. Thanks for sharing.

Cool outfit by the way!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

lisa said...

Great piccies, Sam and I love your new attire, you could start a new fashion craze, it's very stylish.
Enjoy your honey.
Hugs Lisax

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Looking good in your beekeeper finery! I loved seeing the photos of the hive in action and the honey yum yum.

scrappymo! said...

Well Mrs Beekeeper...this was an amazing post! It was so fun to see the hive and see the bee emerging!

There has been such a loss of bees around the world that it is good to hear of some that are robust and strong.

My Dad loved honey and was very particular about what the bees feasted on. He only liked honey from certain areas as he did not like the strong taste of clover!!! lol I like it all!

Denise Price said...

I know what you mean about needing some screen-free time. I try to have at least one screen-free day per week.

Hope you had a Happy T Day! In this case, it was more like a B Day. :) Thanks for this fascinating peek into your beehive.

my cup of tea said...

Oh my goodness Hettie! That is awesome! I love honey! What a special treat to get up close and personal! Thanks for that!
donna

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Oh Hettie what an amazing sight to see ... no not you :D in all your paraphernalia... and yes could see it .. thanks for bringing the camera, too :D

.. and for popping over :D great to see girls run there .. hope they are looking after Puggles now :D Shaz in Oz.x

butterfly said...

V impressed that you took a computer free time... not sure how I'd cope! Looks like you had plenty to keep you busy in the meantime - how exciting to see the bees in action... and yes, a perfect subject for scrapping. Honeycomb textures galore!!

So sorry to be absent for ages... you know what it's like!
Alison xx