Delving into Sacred Bee Mystery

Watching one of my favorite shows:  'Tales of the Bee'.

Apes ego divinas bestias puto.

Black Eyed Susan vine, Thunbergia alata

"Last night, as I was sleeping,
I dreamt – marvelous error! –
That I had a beehive
here inside my heart.
And the golden bees
were making white combs
And sweet honey
from my past mistakes."

- Antonio Machado

Lorax, who indeed speaks for the trees.

"A poet is someone
Who can pour Light into a spoon,
Then raise it
To nourish
Your beautiful, parched holy mouth."

 - Hafiz

Pollen laden - likely includes Goldenrod which began blooming recently.

"The Pedigree of Honey
Does not concern the Bee
  A Clover, any time, to him, Is Aristocracy."
 - Emily Elizabeth Dickinson c.1884

Monkey in her 6th year - breathtaking presence.

"But because being here means so much;
Because everything here,
Vanishing so quickly, seems to need us,
And strangely keeps calling to us...
To have been
Here once, completely, even if only once,
To have been at one with the earth -
This is beyond undoing."

 - Rainer Maria Rilke

For the Love of...

I do a lot of hive observation from outside the hives, not breaking open the propolis seal but a few times a year.  I like to sit with them, listen, watch, feel, smell, heartfeel...  I gain every time I do.  Marvelous Beings I am blessed to be on intimate terms with.

Maybe you're thinking of starting?  Now is a good time to begin that thought process, acquiring or building your hive over the coming winter, and then getting new bees come Spring.


"Do not try to save the whole world or do anything grandiose. Instead, create a clearing in the dense forest of your life and wait there patiently, until the song that is your life falls into your own cupped hands and you recognize and greet it. Only then will you know how to give yourself to this world so worth of rescue" - Martha Postlewaite


Vegetable and Fruit Garden Flowers

We don't often see pictures of flowers of vegetables and fruits in the garden, so I thought I'd share some...The bees are loving them!

Taste a Rainbow



Butternut Squash



A laughing matter:  only a few days and they get away from you...

The Curcubit's Orgy.

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."
  - Marcel Proust


What to do with all those Zucchinis!

The Summer Garden equals Zucchinis! (amongst other veggies)...

Zucchinis are making up the whole bottom layer of the wheelbarrow.

 Here is something a little different to help you utilize this abundant vegetable...
Lemon Zucchini Bread

Taking this bread to a friend's house for dinner...

Preheat 350 degrees, in one bowl mix:
5 c. whole wheat flour, whole grain sprouted is ideal
1 tspn. sea salt
4 tspn. baking powder

In another bowl mix:
4 eggs
1 c. walnut oil (or other of your choice)
3 c. raw can sugar
Then add and mix:
10 Tbspn. lemon juice
1 c. yogurt
Then fold in 3 c. of grated zucchini

Now mix first bowl of dry ingredients into this and pour into greased pans.  This recipe will make 2 cakes or 2-3 loaves depending on the size you choose. Baking time also depends on the size you use, begin checking at 40 minutes...may take up to 80.  Done when golden browned and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Let cool before cutting - if you can!
Makes a great french toast the next day or toast with ghee and cinnamon.  Enjoy!

Chinese Medicinal Wines

I make an assorted selection of these "Longevity Elixers" and often get asked what were traditionally used for, so am putting together this post for easy reference...many of them are Blood tonics.

Eucommia bark, Du Zhong - Kidney Yang Deficiency, weak and/or sore lower back and/or knees

Angelica root, Dang Gui root including tail - build and move Blood, regulate menstruation

Astragalus root, Huang Qi - build Qi and Blood, move Blood, immunity (not for acute infectious stages)

Jujube Date, Da Zao - build Qi and Blood, move Blood, tonify Spleen Qi (digestion)

Ginseng, Ren Shen - tonify Lung and Spleen, Heart Qi, calm Shen, generate fluids, body fatigue, vacuity after illness

Goji berry, Gou Qi Zi and Fo Ti root, He Shou Wu blend:
Go Ji - tonify Kidney, nourish Liver, brighten the eyes, Wind, night blindness, blurred vision, upper back pain
He Shou Wu - tonify Kidney, nourish Liver, boost Jing, darken gray hair, insomnia, blurred vision, calm Shen, thinning hair, early gray

These are made with Sake and can be drank straight or with a little water or juice.

Pressing the infused sake to remove the marc, or spent herbs, and decanting.

Here is great book if you want to know more, or do this yourself. 

As with everything else on this blog, this information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease; but rather is simple educational material. Please consult a qualified health practitioner for your health needs.