Thursday, October 11, 2012

One last quick beemanuver

Howdy neighbors :)
So I did my final check of my two off-farm hives late last week and found them in not-so-great shape... Neither of the hives have not even filled their two boxes even close to full of drawn comb... One if them hasn't even finished one box worth of comb and has barely any honey stores and also seems to be infested by small hive beetles... Although my brother Donald (whos backyard this particular hive is in) suggested that I simply administer a hearty dose of Yoko Ono to get rid of the be(a)tles, i have a feeling that not much can be done to save this hive (not even yoko)... In weighing my options I though about feeding them some sugar syrup... but many of the beekeepers who follow the treatment free line of thinking that I am following advise against doing this in periods of dearth (that is no nectar is flowing) lest you set off robbing and weaken the hive even more... There aren't many bees in that perticular hive... So I guess what I'm likely going to do is close it up for the winter and hope for the best... This hive had been fairly puny in population from the get go and they got a late start in June when I installed them... It doesn't seem there is much to be done at this point besides crossing my fingers for'em... The other hive at my friend's homestead is doing slightly better, if for no other reason because they don't have a beetle problem... They have a much larger population, and the comb they do have drawn seems to have plenty of honey and brood (baby bees)... I have much hope that they will get through the winter... Before I could get back to the farm and do the final check on my 3 home hives the rain started to fall and the beetending had to be put on hold... It's been mostly raining since then and I've also been slightly under the weather myself... Today the sun is shining and my nasal passages are going a bit more gentle on me, so when I get back from lennon's Lego-engineering class I think I just might mosey on out and see what the state of the union is in the honeybee harems... :) I also will likely pop the combs from my lone little topbar nucleus (small starter) hive into their final home: the groovy new hive my younger brother Andrew is putting the finishing touches on up in the workshop... That's all for now, perhaps a further update will go up later on the results of this afternoons adventures :)
Be well all!

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Whatta melon!

Harvested watermelons a couple days ago and later this afternoon I am going to tackle them in my canning kitchen. I am looking for interesting and unusual ideas for what to do with them... So far I've got watermelon jelly, zesty watermelon jelly, frozen pops, and pickled rinds.... Suggestions are most welcome! Thank you friends!

One of my most successful crops, and I planted them late, spaced them inadequately and tried to move the overcrowded vines a couple times killing a bunch of the growing melons.... And still got way more melons than I imagined! Plants amaze me. :))))

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Methinks, I've been out of this techie stuff for too long... I'm having the hardest time trying to get this blog and Facebook stuff all set up... Of Course it probably would help if I was using something slightly bigger than an iPhone to do it on...
Please enjoy some pictures while you wait. I'd put on some mellow tunes for you too if I knew how...

Peas n chicks!

A fraction of our flock of forty-five feathered friends... Beware backyard chickens... They are more addictive than farmville.
Let's hope the two planned peafowl for next year don't multiply in the same way. If only for my neighbors' sake....

The aptly named" Tom thumb" popcorn...

The sometimes Sad reality of cohabitation with animal friends :(
R.I.P little kitty "Chess"... And quirky little chicken one eyed Willie... With us for a short time but loved for a lifetime.

Just when I'd given up on the eggplant bushes...

First time layer vs seasoned ole biddy...

Thank heavens for family and all their assistance in bringing my dreams to life into all their polycarbonate and port oraford cedar glory!

Green growing power!

Labyrinth concrete easier bed gardens... To find out the significance of the labyrinth you'll have to come walk it with me :)

Home sweet homestead! And my shiney red tool/toy that'll likely take a lifetime to make up for it's upfront investment, but that enables all 5 ft 3 inches of me to do the work of a half a dozen large men in a day once it gets cookin!

Scarlet zinnias for James Riggio ... Miss you Nanu!

Lennon's fantastic vintage ride-on. Best score EVER at brimfield antique show!

Gardens... And my pile of projects and plans for another day :)

Lennon and mama snugglin'

Lennons handmade solstice candles last December.

My nearly finished canning and processing kitchen... Again, GIVE THANKS for the skill, help, and hard work of family... Thanks Joe, Andrew, Fred, mom, dad!

Our friendly neighborhood wild turkeys... They seem quite fond of using the trees in our side yard as roosts... Lennon was pretty sure he could capture a youngun to raise in with the chickens... Until he was reminded that the male papa turkey stands at least twice as tall as our feistiest of roosters...

Harvest time in our first garden!

Trying out my spinning wheel, a few lumpy bumpy (but oh so soft and pretty) first yarns...

Blanched yumminess

Where else can you get canned tomatoes in these colors?! This is pretty much the posterchild for diy canning...

Well fed days ahead this winter?

Nearly full shelf... I aim to fill it and then some if possible...

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Testing... Back soon with some real words....

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