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Crystal waters at Agia Roumeli bay

Crystal waters at Agia Roumeli bayCrystal clear and salty waters.

Lamb roast in the new oven.

Lamb roast in the new oven

October has reached the gorge of Samaria.

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This was once a booming factory.

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One of many old factories we find along the river in the gorge of Samaria. We now think a place like this is the closest we can get to nature, but in the old days it was actually a buisy place to be! For example, the gorge was considered a “highway” to get to Chania. There were many small factories that used the strong current of the river. Flour and olive oil for the whole region were produced this way. People would come with loads of wood all the way from south Heraklion to use the saw mills.

Bread in the making!

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Ψωμί στον ξυλόφουρνο. Παραδοσιακά και νόστιμα.
Breadmaking in the stone oven. What a taste!

Beekeeping lesson with Raquel and Carsten!

This was the day before the new queen bees that we had created were going to break out of their queen cells. It is absolutely critical to seperate them before they exit because otherwise the first one out will kill the rest in order to remain the only queen in the hive. Therefore we removed the queencells from the incubating mother hive and seperated them. Then we went to the small new hives we are growing.

These are three small hives that are connected to a mother hive. They are being nourished by this mother hive and it’s queen but they don’t have a queen of their own and they are seperated from each other and the mother by a net. In each new hive we have already inserted a strong honeycob with many bees from another hive and two new empty ones.

So we opened each of the new hives and inserted the queen cell. This way the next day teh new queen will crawl out of it’s cell to it’s all new hive that belongs only to her and doesn’t have to fight any rivals. And if succesful we will have created 12 new bee hives!

As you can see our beehives are place up on the hill in the old village of Agia Roumeli. The view is great from up there!

It was a great beekeeping lesson! Thank you Raquel and Carsten for joining and enjoying!