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New name for the blog

(Dallas, TX) Given that my youngest brother Gerrit has partnered with my father in their beekeeping enterprise over the past year, it’s high-time to update the name of the website. From “Westover and Son, Apiaries” to “Westover and Sons, Apiaries.”

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This son may be hitting the “pause” button

(Richardson, TX) Several things have conspired together to lead me to my current state of mind: to stop keeping bees. Due to my bees drinkings habits (like humans that way, you know?) I can’t keep hives at my house. That’s … Continue reading

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A new swarm arrives

(Richardson, TX) I was moving stuff from my garage to my truck. Bee equipment actually. Made a trip to the truck (which was just 30 feet away), and returned and suddenly there was a cloud of bees. So I turned … Continue reading

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Memorial Day lessons

It seems like I am incapable of retaining lessons learned from the past. Every two or three years I have to relearn old lessons. So it goes like this: the evening of Memorial day I sealed up the hive in … Continue reading

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Swarms here in Texas too

During the week I was out of the country, another swarm moved into some supers in my backyard. There was a crack between two of the supers that let them in. So that’s the third of the season without even … Continue reading

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GoPro meets Hive Inspection in Dallas, TX

Me and Paul Larsen inspecting our hives in his backyard.

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An update from Texas

Last season felt like the rise and fall of my bee empire. In early 2013 I studiously put together boxes and frames. I had about 7 or 8 hives going into the spring. I was prepared for my most epic … Continue reading

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Spring updates from Texas

(Texas) My walkaway split of March 16 has been on my mind. I determined a week ago that the split on the right has brood and eggs. But the left split had no brood and no eggs. I had only … Continue reading

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Workin’ 5 to 7

Spring is in full swing here in Texas. The lawn is starting to green up. The Chinese wisteria in the front lawn is in decadent display. And blooms of this and that are emerging from every corner of our yard, … Continue reading

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Winter is Coming

Fall is late in coming to Texas this year. We had eighty-degree weather this weekend, and I finally mustered up the will to take a look at the hives. Historically I haven’t taken honey from my bees in the fall. … Continue reading

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