Thursday, December 4, 2014
Gloomy Day. Rain, Ruts and Hives all Moved
As you can see it was one gloomy day today. Here's a shot of about half the yearling flock out in the Winter pasture. The Son and I were up before dawn again ready for the last trip to move bee hives.
No there weren't any incidents this morning. It was damned cold and the bees weren't even interested in peeking out to see what all the banging was about.
We moved seven hives in four days this week for a total of nine hives altogether with two having been moved last week. Three hives were set in other locations but my six oldest hives (minus the very oldest which is up by the garden) are now safely tucked away from prying eyes and well sheltered from the West and North winds. Those Cedars will eliminate the need for a windbreak I usually put up for them. All Hives have top entrances now too so any deep snows won't require me to make a special trip to clear the entrance holes either.
The bee hive moving contraption worked really well and by this morning's move we had a system down that allowed us to get the hive hooked up and moved in about 20 minutes. I put the parts together and left the straps with it so they don't get used for something else and possibly lost. The entire thing is now hanging in the bee barn storage shed in case I ever need it again. Which I am sure to at some point I imagine.
A load of gravel mysteriously turned up in the yard this morning while I was down in the back of the pasture taking pictures and by the time I walked back up to the house the neighbor was already out with his bobcat spreading it around. This is one of those times having good neighbors and living in a community really shows it's true value. This gentleman worked on this for about 2 hours and when my Mother pulled out a wad of cash and asked him what she owes him he said forty bucks. I told her to give him sixty and she did.
I really love living in a friendly close knit rural community.
As you can see at the top of that pic I am going to be fighting ruts again this Spring. I had an old hole that needed filling so the excess dirt was placed in the hole but that required a trip through my lovely yard with the bobcat. Oh well. The site is now leveled with about 4 inches of gravel with the silt mix that allows it to set up harder which is what the people my Mother purchased this cabin recommended. Apparently they are going to actually put the thing together so I am off the hook on that but I still get to finish the inside.... And work out ruts :)
Oh well at least I will have her here where I can keep an eye on her and get to add a new building to the place. Hell I might have to start calling this place "The Compound". Of course she picked the spot I wanted to put the chicken coop in but I can always find another.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!