Best of Virginia 2013

For all our friends who follow our journal, we have a bit of a surprise for you.  We have known for some time we were going to be in Virginia Living's Best of Virginia 2013 issue.  It is now out.  We have a very complimentary write up on page 98  It is almost a quarter page!  It has a picture of me holding a frame of bees over a hive.  For my beekeeper friends, the picture was taken in very early March.  That was a very strong hive for that time of year.  Kind of a testament to the cold hardiness of our bees.

I would like to add the photograph was taken by Esther Turner Photography. It was so cold the bees were very unhappy to have their hives open.  They were somewhat defensive.  For Esther to use her camera properly, the bee veil could not cover her face as it should.  There was a very real chance she would be stung multiple times. This is never pleasant. Yet she continued to work with upset bees buzzing around her head.  Esther has our sincerest thanks.  We only wish she could have been properly credited for the photograph. If you would like to hear (and see) more about her experience click here to visit Esther's blog.