While Maggie and I have been in and out of hospitals, Honeydew has balanced keeping our bees happy and keeping his girls happy!  Bless the man’s heart.

As I predicted would happen, the first load of our bees arrived home from California the same day Maggie Rose was born, and so after 18 hours with us, Honeydew shot across the Continental Divide to unload them, with help from his dad and my Brother Dear, and returned the same evening.  In the time since, he’s been taking the bees from the “mega yard,” what we call the central unloading spot, and driving them all over Glacier County to the smaller bee yards they will call home for the summer.

With the amount of moisture we’ve experienced ’round here, getting the bees where they’re supposed to be has been even more of an adventure than usual – Glacier County is riddled with dirt roads that are only passable in the summer, many of which we use to access bee yards tucked into fields of alfalfa and clover.  With nearly 400% of normal on the snowpack, and rainfalls of the sort I thought only happened in hurricane season, in Alabama, those dirt roads are just about impassable in spots, particularly for a fully loaded 2 ton truck.

Of course, Honeydew is persevering, and just as optimistic as ever about summer’s honey potential.  The farmer’s heart beats strong in him.

Here’s a few shots of what Honeydew has been up to, as he tries to position the bees as best as possible for the 2011 flow of the best honey you’ve never tasted!

Ah, summer.  You make life worth living.

2011.  Glacier County Honey Co.  Photo credits to Sanford Stone.  All Rights Reserved.

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