Bees in Progress

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.

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Laying in the Grass

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.

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Bee Hive Inspection

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.

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Around the Farm

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.

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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.

Until next time . . .

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Some Like it Hot

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?

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Queen Bee Check

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.

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Random Foto Friday

Welcome to Random Foto Friday where I share some of my favorite moments from around the farm this week.  It was an exciting week as I received my first ever package of bees which I installed on Tuesday.  Upon checking on the hive yesterday morning – Day 2 – I saw two bees bringing pollen into the hive!  I was super excited as this was a good sign that all is going well in the hive.  Today I’ll be checking to confirm that the Queen has been released from her cage and has begun laying eggs.

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The Scent of Lilacs

I don’t think there’s any other scent that takes me back to my childhood like lilac does.  I remember playing in my neighborhood and at my grandma’s house where the scent of lilac filled the air.  I am and always have been an outsider . . . meaning that I have always preferred being outside than inside.  I’d much rather mow the lawn than cook or do dishes.  Yep, it’s the outsiders life for me!

I’m blessed to have two old lilac trees out front of wonky old farmhouse.  As I came around from the back this morning, the scent of lilac was intoxicating.  I decided to cut some stems and bring them indoors to freshen the house.  They not only smell gorgeous, they look gorgeous!

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My Bees Have Arrived!

It’s an exciting day on the farm as I picked up and hived my first ever package of bees!  Moving methodically and with care, it was a surprisingly easy task.  All those sleepless nights were for naught.  If you’ve taken a class or watched umpteen bee installation or hiving videos on YouTube, rest assured that you can do it.

Here’s a little video I made of my first ever installation of a package of bees.


Until next time . . .

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