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Timing is everything. With apologies to King Solomon...

To every thing in beekeeping there is a season, and a time to every purpose in the beeyard:

A time to split, and a time to combine

A time to compress, and a time to expand

A time to dispose of a queen, and a time to raise a queen

A time to feed, and a time to let them forage

A time to reduce the entrance, and a time to enlarge the entrance

A time to do cleanup in the hive, and a time to let the bees cleanup the hive

A time to inspect, and a time to look at the clouds and leave them alone

A time to smoke, and a time to refrain from smoking

A time to harvest, and a time to leave them stores

A time to put them to bed for the winter, and a time to get things going in the spring

A time to trust them, and a time to not trust them

A time to mow, and a time to refrain from mowing

A time to plant flowers, and a time to pick flowers

A time to stay, and a time to run

A time to dig deeper in the hive, and a time to close up and go home.
 

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Nice Michael.

I'll add:
A time to count your blessings and a time to wonder what you've gotten yourself into

A time to post your opinion and a time you wish you hadn't.
 

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I was wondering why I had been so busy lately. I Think I did them all. yesterday in fact. Okay may I missed a few.
 

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There is a time for everything under heaven. Thank heaven its Spring! :)

I can see using your 'Times' in a bee class Michael.
 

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Anyone who can handle bees for a season and does not see the hand of GOD is just plain silly. Thanks Mr. Bush for restating the obvious. I often don't have time to stop and see it. :<]
 

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I'll bite.

Why does it seem as though someone always does that?

Nicely edited Micheal.
 

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It is amazing how close you will need to be with correct timing, or your results can be very costly for the bees and beek.
 

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>A time to post your opinion and a time you wish you hadn't.

You are telling that to a guy with 43978 posts?
 

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>A time to post your opinion and a time you wish you hadn't.

You are telling that to a guy with 43978 posts?
That was directed at my experiences...Mr. Bush already knows this, I am quite sure :)
 

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Anyone who can handle bees for a season and does not see the hand of GOD is just plain silly. Thanks Mr. Bush for restating the obvious. I often don't have time to stop and see it. :<]
I subscribe to this. It's obvious that the bees are a great gift given to us by God. They offer a glimpse of the Paradise.

....a time to dream and make plans and a time to fall back to earth
 

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.......AND that old gambler was right:-

"You've got to know when to hold 'em
Know when to fold 'em
Know when to walk away
And know when to run."

Probably applies to beekeeping as well.
 

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So true!!! But the knowing when the time is...there's the rub!! :) Thanks for this.
 

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...Mr. Bush already knows this, I am quite sure :)

No doubt about that, Lauri.

Great post Michael!

Every new season of beekeeping I add into my Good Timing column, less in Bad Timing column.
I attribute much of it to that I keep coming back...here. It works.
 

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>A time to post your opinion and a time you wish you hadn't.

You are telling that to a guy with 43978 posts?
I think you wish now you hadn't posted this Ollie!
 
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