Monday, August 24, 2015

The Sweet Life (of a beekeeper)

-posted by Jayne

If you've read Isaac's last blog you may need some explanation as to what he was referring to when he mentioned I had run off to the Islands...

You see, one of the great benefits of being self-employed is the flexibility in your schedule.  Sort of.  That only applies if you can hire an awesome staff that can fill in for you when you want to get away (Thanks Katie, Jeanne, and Jess!).  So I took an extended weekend and went to Middle Bass Island with Isaac's grandma Krieger and the rest of the women on that side of the family.  The best part about this trip is that it was all organized by Isaac's Grandma Krieger, and she made the stipulation that there were to be no men, and no children.  What could I do?  I couldn't decline this invitation from Isaac's Grandma!  So he was left home with the children, for my second trip up to the Lake Erie Islands this summer.

One of the reasons for this annual trip to Middle Bass is the Barbershop Quartet singers that have gathered there every August for 65 years.  Grandma has been a loyal follower for many of those years, and her grandchildren have reaped the benefits from many trips to Middle Bass Island.  This year, we stayed at the Middle Bass Inn.

It was a beautiful home overlooking Lake Erie.

We took a passenger boat to Put-In-Bay on Saturday.  I can say I'm glad it was a short trip and we quickly returned to the solace and sanctity of Middle Bass.  If you've ever been to Put-In-Bay on a summer weekend, you know how crowded it can be with the party crowd.  I much prefer the sleepy nature of Middle Bass.

L-R, Molly Barnes (sister in law), holding baby Evey (very young children
had permission to come), Becky Barnes (sister-in-law), and Ellie Hanna (Cousin-in-law)
 We went on many bike rides around the Island.  It was a great way to explore the area.

And since this post has had absolutely nothing to do with beekeeping, I am going to entice you to mark the LITHOPOLIS HONEYFEST on your calendar for Sept. 11th and 12th.  Here are a few photo's from last year's event.  It looks like it's shaping up to be another exciting event!

Observation Hives and Educational Opportunities for kids

Crafts Galore

Honey Extraction Demos

sponsored by our very own bee club, The Scioto Valley

And of course... more Honeyrun Farm products under two tents than you
could ever imagine!

There will be an assortment of great bands, arts and crafts vendors, honey tasting, mead and wine tent, honey-inspired foods, and tons of activities for kids.  We hope you take time to check it out this year.

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