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Springtime Bliss

Spent the morning off yesterday out in the fields picking honeysuckles and wild roses then cleaning them and making jelly.

It was awe inspiring to stand in the huge old bushes listening to the symphony of birds watching as honeysuckles fell in my hair or flittered to the ground while an overall small percentage made it into my grasp and bag. Abundance. More than I could ever hold. Plenty for mistakes and drops and spills and waste and bees and me.

I tried making half with sugar and half with honey. The sugar batch turned out great: golden with floral aromas and citrus, ginger notes.

The honey batch did not gel. So I think I will make it into apricot, honeysuckle margaritas and have a 5 de mayo party this weekend. Yes, I know it is a not really Mexican Independence Day, but what else can someone allergic to honey do with wild rose and honeysuckle syrup made with honey? FIESTA.

Generosity and abundance aplenty. Mistakes allowed and happily consumed.

 

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FIELD WATCH!!!!!

FIELD WATCH!!!!!!!!!!! HOLY BEES!!!! HALLELUJAH. Just heard on the news… starting tomorrow anyone with bees can register them on this site to alert those around to the presence of their bees so they don’t kill them with their PINCHE pesticides!!
http://www.fieldwatch.com

WHY IS THIS MAKING ME WRITE IN ALL CAPS????
BC the TN state apiarist said last year TN Beekeepers lost an average of 70% of their bees. I know we lost half and we spray NOTHING. Bees go 5 miles though so may get poisoned elsewhere. This is GREAT news.