Thursday, June 25, 2015
Been A Couple of Bee Days
Sorry I been kinda quiet the last couple days. The extended hospital stay meant I really neglected my hives longer than I should have. That and I now have relatives screaming for honey.
I had some new upper entrance tops to add on here and there, a couple of hives that needed checking for pest problems and about five that I thought might have some honey to harvest this early. As it turns out only one of the five really had any honey frames capped. The others are quite full of honey but due to the rains and humidity they haven't gotten the moisture content down enough to cap it yet. The queens are also way up in the upper supers laying eggs still. Another couple of weeks and I imagine they will be pushed down into the brood chambers once again.
The Sunflowers are now beginning to bloom!!! The working girls LOVE sunflowers so I thought it fitting to snap a picture of one.
Since I managed to harvest six or so frames of honey I will be spinning it out this evening. The heat wave we been having sure has made things uncomfortable but the temps are just about perfect for harvesting a little early honey to satisfy the screamers. I think my Mother has been making some promises of honey as well to all her friends cause she is has been nagging me about making a pull since we got back from the hospital. This means getting all the harvesting equipment out and cleaning it up, then waiting for it to dry before the real work begins.
Reader John Lien made such a wonderful comment on the last post I been chuckling about it all afternoon. He mentioned his wife calling the driveway next to his workshop the "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" due to the equipment and such that sits there needing fixing.
It was just so appropriate I had to go take a picture of my little growing lineup of stuff.
That picture doesn't include the tiller, the homemade carry all or the manure spreader (which is going to require some real work) in fact I didn't count the Manure spreader in my last post either because I forgot about it. I got so tired of mowing around that stuff I let the sheep eat around it, as you can see, to keep the grass down. I just had to take a picture since his phrase kept me so entertained. I guess I lied cause we all have those projects we hope to get done.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!