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Beekeeping lesson with Roussos

Beekeeping lesson with Roussos with the Samaria Experience Roussos enjoyed having a beekeeping lesson in June with Kristin K Pedersen. It is a nice experience to share knowledge and love for the bees! Thank you so much for the nice fotos!

the bee colony view of mountains samaria experience

The bee colony from above. The location of the beehive is in the old village of Agia Roumeli, calmly situated between the mountains.

the bee colony samaria experience

The bee colony

smoking the beehive samaria experience

Roussos uses the smoker to calm the bees down. The smoke does not work as a sedative. Instead it signals to the bees that thereis fire somewhere so they are preoccupied with finding it instead of attacking.

lifting up the beehive samaria experience

Roussos can usually tell just from opening the beehive how the bees are doing. If they are healthy, active, how they are performing and if they need support.

roussos bees samaria experience

Roussos is checking out the first honeycomb.

working bees samaria experience

Bees buisily working along.

queen bee samaria experience

The queen bee. You can spot her from the colour on her back but a trained eye can find her from her bigger size and slightly different shape.

roussos explaining about new honeycomb samaria experience

Roussos is checking out a new honeycomb.

new honeycomb samaria experience

The bees have started to build their wax hexagons on the new honeycomb.

agia roumeli samaria experience

The calm surrounding of Agia Roumeli.

goats agia roumeli samaria experience

And ofcourse…goats.

In the gorge of Samaria

in the gorge of samaria

Hiking through the gorge one gets to experience the mellow and sweet side of the mountain. Rich shadow from the greenery, high peaks as a surrounding and fresh pine tree smell filling the air.

Easter 2015

easter lamb

Easter Lamb

Χριστός Ανέστη! Christ has risen! Happy Easter Everyone!
After forty days of fasting the lamb is being prepared. Nevertheless the fasting dishes are perhaps better than the lamb… Including cuttlefish, snails, delicious vegetable casseroles and much more!

Another one of the Easter delights that rewards you for the long period of fasting are the Kalitsounia. These are cretan traditional pies with tiromalama or spinach. Tiromalama is a white creamy cheese from the region of Chania. It’s something in between mozarella and haloumi. Amazing when grilled!

kalitsounia

Kalitsounia

 

Every year in Agia Roumeli there is a big feast right after the resurrection mass on Saturday night. First the re is the Easter bonfire and then everyone sits down at the table to listen to music, enjoy lamb, whine and kalitsounia and of course dance. This year the feast was set in our taverna and not on the street because it gave good protection from the wind.

Prepping the Easter feast

Prepping the Easter feast

We would like to thank the culture society of Agia Roumeli “Samaria” for organizing a wonderful event featuring the Cretan music group of Charis and Giorgis Pantermakis. Here is a video from the night:

Agios Pavlos Church.

St. Paul Church Agia Roumeli Bay Crete

This tiny window belongs to Agios Pavlos (St. Paul) church, on the South Coast of Crete. The church is one of Crete’s oldest and is built right on the beach. It is very small and beautiful. It was made of the beach stones found in the area so it feels as though it is part of the scenery. This is the view from it’s window.

Recycling the beeswax 2015

Recycling the beeswax 2015

Recycling the beeswax 2015 Stavros and Giannis are here seperating the old blackened and ofcourse empty honeycombs from their wooden panels and preparing them to be recycled. The honeycombs will be melted in a steampress and then collected. Roussos will go through this procedure two times in order for the wax to be filtered correctly. This way we will receive clear beeswax. We will then mold the beeswax into fresh wax sheets that will be inserted into the new pannels and serve as teh base or the new honeycombs. In sprin the bees will start building their new cells on top of these wax sheets and then later on fill them with honey.

Recycling the beeswax 2015

Recycling the beeswax 2015 Stavros and Giannis are here seperating the old blackened and ofcourse empty honeycombs from their wooden panels and preparing them to be recycled. The honeycombs will be melted in a steampress and then collected. Roussos will go through this procedure two times in order for the wax to be filtered correctly. This way we will receive clear beeswax. We will then mold the beeswax into fresh wax sheets that will be inserted into the new pannels and serve as teh base or the new honeycombs. In sprin the bees will start building their new cells on top of these wax sheets and then later on fill them with honey.

Recycling the beeswax 2015
Stavros and Giannis are here seperating the old blackened and ofcourse empty honeycombs from their wooden panels and preparing them to be recycled. The honeycombs will be melted in a steampress and then collected. Roussos will go through this procedure two times in order for the wax to be filtered correctly. This way we will receive clear beeswax. We will then mold the beeswax into fresh wax sheets that will be inserted into the new pannels and serve as the base or the new honeycombs. In sprin the bees will start building their new cells on top of these wax sheets and then later on fill them with honey.

Deep in the valley

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