Honey harvest
started shortly after
the sun appeared,
before the heat settled.

A WOOFER—Leslie Harrison—
came to help,
and Frank’s son, Will.

The bees’ efforts
were substantial.
We harvested honey
early enough that they can replenish
and left plenty of honey for their
winter (Too, Ann will keep an eye
on their supply, feeding them
if they need more.)

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Some of the boxes
weighed 50 pounds.
We uncapped the comb,
honey oozing. Spun
the frames to extract
every drop, filled
six five gallon buckets
with the sweet, liquid, gold
of a delicious mix of flowers.

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By bottling time,
we were in a festive mood.
And grateful for a
wondrous gift of nature—
the dedicated life
of honey bees.


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