Friday, July 18, 2008, 1:06 - News
Posted by Administrator
OK, it's been a long time since I posted. Sorry. I've been busy moving into me new home, buying a new car & learning my new job. Whew!
If you haven't figured it out, I'm a beekeeper now. Monday & Tuesday I was out in the field pulling honey
, which is when you remove the boxes of honey filled frames
from each colony at a bee yard. Yesterday & today I spent extracting the honey from the frames. Probably the messiest job in the world. It takes 3 men to run the extracting machine. We each have a 5 gallon bucket of water to rinse our hands in every few minutes, no drying, honey doesn't stick well to wet hands. Also, this is the core of the business, the machine runs fast, you have to work full speed to keep up. It's loud, dirty & hot (everything is plumbed with hot water pipes to keep the honey flowing)
work, but the challenge is kinda fun. You gotta be on top of your game.
To make it more fun, today the hoses that fed hot water to the vibrating knives burst, twice, spraying me from head to waist. Not hot enough to burn, but annoying. When something like that happens it's a minor emergency, as any water in the honey is a major problem and can make it unsaleable. Plus, the machine was down for an hour for repairs.
Oh yeah, I got stung in the middle of my left ring finger. A bad
place to get stung. Hurt for a few minutes, no problem. But it swelled for a few hours. A hassle, but fine now.
I'm pooped, later I'll tell you about my new digs.