Summer is humming along and before you know it fall will be here. We’re getting some much needed rain here today. It didn’t rain the whole month of July so we’re in sorry need of it.
My bees are doing well and I’ll admit it . . . they cause me a lot of stress. Every time I go into the hive I feel like I’m doing something wrong. I’m told that will diminish over time. I sure hope so. I checked on them yesterday and they appear to be doing well. I’ve been feeding them sugar water and pollen patty to be sure they’re getting enough food for building comb and brood rearing. With the awful spring we had we’re still trying to play catch up.
As I was about to head into the house last night I caught a glimpse of a couple of my girls on the allium in the new landscaping at the front of the house. They sure are pretty!
I can’t believe it’s already the end of July. It seems that just yesterday we were under cold, heavy snowfall and then skipped spring right into the heat of summer. The last week has been beautiful though with temperatures in the low 80s and no humidity or rain. Bliss!
The bees are humming along beautifully although I’m not going to get any honey this year as I didn’t expect to. The weather has been so hard on them this year. As long as they build up enough stores for winter, I’ll be happy.
It’s been a whirlwind of activity here around the farm this past week, making up for last week when I was down for the count with a really bad cold and flu. I’m still recovering, but feeling much better.
The bees are making good progress having hatched out some new bees this week. I’m not sure what’s going on inside, but things look good on the outside. I just gave them another gallon of sugar syrup. Things must be thriving because I just put a gallon on the hive this past Sunday. I’m planning a full hive inspection this coming Monday as it’s going to be in the 90s today and tomorrow with rain forecast for Saturday and into Sunday.
The weather was perfect on Sunday to do a full bee hive inspection, so I gathered my equipment and donned my bee suit and off I went. Brian came along to snap some photos and lend support as I’m still a little nervous going into the hive. I started without my gloves but by frame #5 I had to slip them on as my confidence slowly dwindled as I got closer to the bees.
Brian returned from his business trip to Holland on Friday night and despite having been up almost 24 hours, he was up bright and early on Saturday to do his chores. I’m so glad he’s home!
We went for our usual Saturday morning breakfast and did a few errands. I bought some plants and a couple of Hens and Chicks succulents for the wooden shoes Brian brought home for me from Holland. I had made the sign some time ago to which we screwed the shoes onto. It looks cute hanging by our back door.
After mustering my courage, and with the weather cooperating nicely (84° and wind 4mph), I decided today was the day to do a full bee hive inspection. I wanted to replace their sugar syrup and check for brood, pollen and nectar.
And oh my gosh! There goes another hummingbird! They’re flying around the windows on the house seemingly ignoring the feeders on the shed I have out for them. Perhaps they’re just letting me know they’ve arrived!
Anyway, I digress. Let me say that beekeeping is not for the faint of heart. It’s all to easy to put off doing a hive inspection because of nerves. I really had to pull myself together and get the job done. I don’t want to be one of those people.
The electricians finally made it out last Thursday to move the generator. I’ve never heard two men whine so much in my life. They stood around for at least ten minutes complaining about moving a 400 pound generator from the ledge it was sitting on to it’s new position. The A/C guy kindly offered to help them move it, whereupon first electrician said he had the stuff to move it. Eegads! Que more complaining.
Meanwhile I texted my neighbor to see if he could come over with his forklift to move the generator. He said he could, so I told first electrician. No smile, no sigh of relief, no thanks. Next time, he can move the damn thing. Anyway, good neighbor came over with the forklift and moved the generator. It’s in its’ new place now. And I found out that our cement pad is about two feet short. We hadn’t planned on leaving space for access to either unit for servicing. Next time, I’m going to plan things out myself rather than leaving it to the so-called professionals.
Have you heard of the 4Ocean movement? It’s pretty awesome. They hire local people to remove trash from coastlines before it has a chance to go into the ocean, and they have full-time captains and crews cleaning our oceans and intracoastal waterways 7 days a week. They do it one pound at a time.
I’m proud to support the 4Ocean movement and I encourage you to do the same. Can you imagine not having clean water to drink, bathe or swim in? We are all in this together.
When you purchase a 4Ocean bracelet you are, in effect, removing one pound of trash. If you think about how much a plastic bottle weighs, that’s a whole lot of garbage! The bracelet is made from recycled materials. The beads are made from 100% recycled glass.
Thanks 4Ocean for your commitment to cleaning up our coastlines and oceans by pulling out garbage – one pound at a time.
Some like it hot . . . not me. I prefer temperatures in the 70s and low 80s going into summer. Here where I live it’s been in the mid to high 90s for over a week. I just realized yesterday why I’m feeling so sluggish and exhausted. It’s the heat! I’m grateful that today it’s cloudy with showers and a temperature of 70. It feels so good!
Today is going to be a housecleaning day if I can motivate myself, because after putting it off for a few days, my friend is coming tomorrow so we can paint our barn quilts. Mine is primed with the pattern drawn on ready for paint. It’s going to look awesome hanging on our barn. I’m also going to paint a barn quilt for our neighbor. She’s in the process of picking out her pattern. Once she sends me her design, I’ll graph it and get to work on it. I have a goal of creating a barn quilt trail up and down our county road. How awesome would it be to drive past every homestead displaying a barn quilt?
Today is Day 3 after hiving my bees and it was time to check to see if the queen had been released. To my great relief (after an almost sleepless night) she had been and the bees were very busy building honeycomb. It’s windy today, so I didn’t want to spend too much time in the hive, but I did manage a few pictures. Hopefully on my next inspection it will be a nice calm day so I can pull frames and find the queen.
Welcome! I’m Teresa . . . the hen in Hen in a Farmhouse Nest.
I’m a Canadian living in the United States who wishes she lived in England. I inhabit a wonky farmhouse with my husband, Brian, our dogs and parrots and a miniature pig. We also care for alpacas, ducks, chickens, a pair of geese, rabbits, goats, and a couple of barn cats.
Jane Austin once wrote, “There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort”. I have to agree. While I often daydream of visiting far off places, my heart longs to be at home. Whether I’m inside or outside, I can find plenty to keep me busy and content. I enjoy decorating, renovating (as time and budget allow), gardening, reading, creating, and blogging.
I hope to inspire you with simple farm living as we renovate and decorate our wonky farmhouse; with recipes and projects, and thrift store finds.
So, come on up on my front porch and make yourself comfortable as I offer you a cup of tea and some of Brian’s homemade chocolate chip cookies and let’s chat for awhile.