|View from the dining room. Notice the observation stump.|
I was tentative at first, but that soon dissipated. It wasn't long before I rolled a good sitting stump next to the hives. It is the perfect place to sit, enjoy a cup of morning coffee, and watch the bees go about their business. Ella does not agree. After a curious dog incident, she keeps her distance. It is interesting what you can observe from two little hives. Late this fall, when nothing I could see was blooming, one of the hives found some crazy neon pollen. Their little legs glowed. It only lasted a week. It was obvious they didn't share their secret spot with the other hive.
Old-Fashioned Honey Bread
1 1/2 c. Water 2T. Sugar
8 oz. cottage cheese 2 pkgs. active dry yeast
1/2 c. honey 5 c. flour
1/4 c. butter 3 t. salt
2 c. whole-wheat flour 1 egg
Heat water, cottage cheese, honey and 1/4 c. butter until warm. Combine warm liquid, whole-wheat flour, sugar, yeast, 2 c. flour, salt, and egg in a large bowl. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed. By hand stir in enough remaining flour to make a stiff dough. Knead dough on a well floured surface until smooth. Place in greased bowl, turn to coat. Cover, let rise in a warm place until double in size (45-60 minutes). Punch down and divide into two loaves. Let rise again for 45-60 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes, until golden brown and it sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from pans and brush with honey butter.