The End to the 2015 beekeeping season

The first signs that the season is over are starting to show.  I lots of sad, cold and lonely drones and the relentless invasion of the no-good-lousy-robbing yellow jackets.

honey bee drone

Poor guy was kicked out for the Winter. No freeloaders in this bee hive

A week or two after I took this picture we pulled off the top feeders and wrapped up the hives for the Winter.  The only thing left was to try something that I’ve always wanted to do.  I took an extra 3lbs of honey and started a batch of mead.  We’ll see how it turns out but from what I’ve been told, it’s the reason why there are no more Vikings.

Brewing mead

First batch of mead cooking away!

bee hives set for the winter