2017 Spring Bling at Ida Lee Park

Please join us at the Spring Bling at Ida Lee Park in Leesburg, Virginia on Saturday, March 4, 2017.  The show is indoors and starts at 9:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm.  We will be featuring our honey, hand-made custom decorated cookies, cookie bouquets and Spring and Easter themed gifts. Spring Bling at Ida Lee in Leesburg, VA Date: Saturday 3/4/2017 Time:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm Location: Ida Lee Park Recreation Center Leesburg, Virginia  20175 Address:  60 Ida Lee Dr, NW  Leesburg, Virginia 20176 This juried show features over 90 local and regional artisans selling handmade items including Continue Reading →

What is Crystallized Honey?

How Honey Crystallizes Honey is a super-saturated sugar solution, containing primarily the sugars glucose and fructose.  After honey has been extracted from the comb, eventually the glucose will begin to precipitate out, forming solid crystals.  Once the crystals begin to form, they rapidly spread throughout the honey.  The granulated honey may appear to be solid, but in fact the granulation process creates a latticework of glucose sugar crystals, with the other components of the honey remaining in a liquid state. It’s a Natural Process Virtually all types of RAW honey will crystallize in time. Some types of honey may crystallize Continue Reading →

The Shelf Life of Honey

Found an interesting article from the SMITHSONIAN that explains the history and science behind the shelf life of honey. The Science Behind Honey’s Eternal Shelf Life A slew of factors—its acidity, its lack of water and the presence of hydrogen peroxide—work in perfect harmony, allowing the sticky treat to last forever.  Article By:  Natasha Geiling | SMITHSONIAN.COM  | AUGUST 22, 2013 Modern archeologists, excavating ancient Egyptian tombs, have often found something unexpected amongst the tombs’ artifacts: pots of honey, thousands of years old, and yet still preserved. Through millennia, the archeologists discover, the food remains unspoiled, an unmistakable testament to the eternal shelf-life Continue Reading →

The Little Things

The first snow of the season was a light, powdery mix that covered the ground about 3.5 – 4 inches today.  As I was doing barn chores I stopped to look at the simple beauty around me.  You know the quietness and muffled silence that seems to follow a snowfall.  It’s like for a moment, time stands still and you drink-in nature and notice the little details of life.  I realize at these moments how truly blessed I am. Everything I am and have is the gift of God! The horses were almost finished eating their grain and Gigi, my Continue Reading →

First Snow of 2015

A lovely, light powdery snow fell this morning, the first snow of the new year.  Had to fill up the bird feeders fast because we had so many visitors.  A beautiful red Cardinal also wanted in on some of the black oil sunflower seeds in the yellow bird feeder.  We have numerous bird feeders hanging around the gazebo.  I love to look out my windows and see all the birds in the trees and on the feeders.  But, those little “birdies” can eat us out of house and home!  They can polish off 5 full bird feeders in a day Continue Reading →

Traveling Bee Hives

Last Wednesday, 9/10/14, I traveled down to the Richmond area to deliver two bee hives to my sister.  The hives were securely strapped to our trailer and a mosquito net was draped around the hives to prevent any strays from wandering off.   I got alot of strange looks when driving down to Louisa, Virginia.  I guess it was odd to see someone hauling a couple of bee hives in an open trailer, that’s something you don’t see everyday.  The bees made the trip and were successfully setup in their new location and set “free” the next day. We used very Continue Reading →