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The Sacred Bee is me, Kate Ferry, the author of this blog. I am a beekeeper in Custer, Washington. My family lives about 10 miles south of the Canadian border and right smack dab next to the Pacific Ocean, in beautiful Custer!
I am the wife of my husband, Jacob, and the mother to three children; my young daughters, Beckett and Camden, and our dog, Tucker, who is 11 years old.
Where's the name ‘Sacred Bee’ come from?
Honeybees are incredible insects. They are responsible for the pollination of over half of the food that makes it onto your table and the chief pollinators for many foods, including almonds and raspberries.
I became fascinated with honeybees while studying anthropology in college and learned more about these amazing creatures after taking an intense six-week course on beekeeping in Surrey, B.C., Canada.
My love and respect for the sacred bee has grown and intensified as I have watched my own two hives bear hundreds of pounds of honey, my garden flourish with the bees' pollination, and through the trials and tribulations of watching my girls (a.k.a. the honeybees) live and die.
Sacred Bee. Honoring the honeybee, one of nature’s gardeners, and practicing beekeeping in Whatcom County, Washington.
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Category Archives: bundle of baby
I write a regular piece for the Community Co-op’s monthly newsletter and find it to be a regular joy. The last piece I did, for the February newsletter, was one of the best in recent memory. It brought me back … Continue reading
I was a cloth diapering fan before I had children. Baby bums are adorable to start with, but when they are wrapped in pastel prints and bright colors, even non-baby lovers have been known to teeter on the verge of … Continue reading
Beckett is gorgeous. She is built like a gymnast with defined muscles, perfect proportions and a boundless energy. Camden is cute. She is plump with rolls upon rolls. She hides breastmilk in her neck, clothing lint in her cankles (yes, … Continue reading
During the first few days weeks months lifetimes with a newborn – I am left asking the proverbial question of “or sleep?” Yesterday I had the choice to clean the house, move a load or two of laundry through, unload … Continue reading
One of the quickest things I learned about having children was that even the best laid plans can go awry. Children throw a wrench in things quick. In my case, it was a lesson learned even before Beckett was born. … Continue reading
How easily the mind forgets what sleep deprivation feels like. I knew that caring for two children was going to be hard, but I didn’t think it would feel like caring for upwards of five. Or that lack of sleep … Continue reading
Five houses + Six Pieces of Candy + 90 minutes of trick-or-treating (lots of driving and “trying to get up the courage to go to other houses”) = ONE very happy Thomas the Tank Engine (a.k.a. Beckett!)
There is something about little girl’s clothing that is especially adorable. I don’t know if it’s the pink petunias, sunny skirts, flowing fringe or bubbly bugs or a combination of them all. Whatever it is, it’s borderline scrumptious. One of … Continue reading
Two weeks ago we welcomed Camden Rose into our lives and our family. She was born October 8th and her arrival was a miracle of the bestest kind. Beckett was born in August 2008 and was a planned c-section from … Continue reading
3+1=4 Camden Rose was born Saturday, October 8th at 2:51pm. She tipped the scales at 7lbs 7oz and 20 inches long. The VBAC was a success! And, we are overjoyed by the newest addition to the Ferry family!