Tuesday, January 13, 2015

I Guess We Will See





It's been cold enough to keep the girls locked up inside their hives for at least a month or more now. If I remember right the last time it was warm enough to see em flying was the first or second day of December when I went around and put dry sugar on top of the inner covers.

Today dawned cold and bright at 5 degrees and the temps never made it above the mid-twenties even though there was little wind and the sun was shining nicely. It sure felt warmer than 25 degrees anyway while I was out getting mundane chores finished. In fact the only thing I did today that could be considered mildly interesting was run into town and buy some sugar for this weekend's warm up I see scheduled.

Oh and I remembered (finally) to get a big padded envelope to mail some tobacco seed pods off to SF in. I better get that done or it will be too late to help him!!!

Outside of that it's just been general clean up and boring old homesteading tasks like filling bird feeders and picking up trash that I can never figure out where it comes from.

However this predicted warming up period has me taking interest because some sources are saying the mid 50's by Friday and possibly low 60's by Saturday. If so I should be able to find out how many of the hives have made it this far through Winter and be able to pop the tops and refill with sugar where needed.

What kind of a year it will be honey-wise will be determined over about the next month and a half as generally around here if a hive can make it until the first of March they stand a pretty good chance of producing a honey surplus. This year if they all make it I should have 10 producing hives two years old or older and 1 year old hive that was going so well last year I predict it will begin producing too.

Or I may have lost a few.

Either way this weekend should be able to tell me one way or another.

Keep Prepping Everyone!!!




9 comments:

  1. I suspect I have a few day left to plant tobacco! I was thinking about it today as there was a woman at work doing research on tobacco and had me pull just about every old photo of people working tobacco out of the files. Lots of wagons pulled by mules over where your ancestors are from where it is flat and sandy. We were right at freezing all day and ice is called for tonight.

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    1. Sf - We are still sitting at 19 degrees tonight. No wind though so it's nice and the furnace is keeping up well with little maintenance needed. No precipitation for a week at least if the forecast can be believed.

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  2. PP - i can't wait to hear how the bees are doing...you are still my God on everything bee-related!!! much love buddy!

    your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Kymber - I will do a post as soon as I know!!!!

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  3. PP,

    It's finally going to warm up this weekend. I hope your bee's came through this cold okay.
    We will be cleaning up more of that annoying trash which blows in with those heavy winds.
    This weekend is TROUT fishing!!!!! Wooohoooo!!!!

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    1. Sandy - Wish I had time for trout fishing. It's a three hour trip minimum for me though to the nearest stream.

      Good luck though and catch a bunch for me :)

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  4. So far, (knock on wood) no bitter cold lasting for weeks. If it hits 50 kymber may start sunbathing.....

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    1. Rob - LOL she might get attacked by that duck :)

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    2. to the both of you nutters - bahahahahahahah! much love to both of you always!

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