Two days ago, Harry and I went to hang out with some local beekeepers.

We got to harvest honey off the frames!

It was super fun (and sticky)!

bees

I’d always wondered how to tell honey cells apart from the cells with bee larvae. Turns out, they’re colored super differently. The larvae cells also tended to cluster together away from the honey cells, with some empty cells in between. Neat!

I’d read Honeybee Democracy by Thomas D. Seeley and was always kinda fascinated by bees in general. This was my first time up close to a hive. Unfortunately, there weren’t many actual bees around. The colonies seemed to have suffered colony collapse since their last hive check. Bummer. 😦

I learned a lot about beekeeping from this experience. The beekeepers will be getting more bees come Spring so Harry and I will get some more hands on practice.

Until next time!

python

There’s some neat Python things happening in my life recently.

First, I went to the Bay Python Area Interest Group (BayPIGgies). It was a delightful group that reminded me much of Boston Python. I also haven’t gone to a meet up in a while so this felt especially good to touch base with a community.

Second, a few friends are speaking at PyCon! Check them out:

 

lemons

Even though it’s the middle of winter, I spotted a lemon stand while walking the other day. It was an unattended stand with a makeshift box full of backyard lemons. I just had to get one.

Oh California, you’re so charming.