Vela Creations

Vela Creations is an in-depth resource for off grid living. The site documents our research and experiences, hoping that they might help others interested in pursuing this lifestyle. This blog is designed to document our day to day experiences as we build our new, sustainable homestead. If you are interested in seeing more photos and videos, we have a flickr account at the following url: http://flickr.com/photos/35090117@N05/collections/

Monday, August 29, 2016

Walter Gilbert

"We are embedded in a biological world and related to the organisms around us." - Walter Gilbert

Dark Honey

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A few years ago, we made a top bar bee hive out of half a 55 gallon barrel, which we called the "Honey Cow". We caught a swarm to inhabit it and the hive is now rocking and rolling. There are an enormous amount of bees, and the barrel is almost completely full of both brood and honey.

This weekend, we decided to rob some honey. We didn't take much, only 8 lb of strained honey. We figure we can always take some more in a month or so if we need to. For us, every drop we get is a bonus, as we do absolutely nothing for the bees (we don't feed them or even check on them that often).

The honey is dark and beautiful, a lot of which is due to oak blossoms. It's said that dark oak honey like this is even better for you than most honey (like we needed an excuse to eat more of it!). You can see the difference in color between ours and store bought stuff from the photo.

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

William Shakespeare

"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin." - William Shakespeare

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E. O. Wilson

"When you have seen one ant, one bird, one tree, you have not seen them all." - E. O. Wilson

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

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"Nature's music is never over; her silences are pauses, not conclusions." - Mary Webb

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