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Of poop and petals

First the petals… Our garden is filled, front to back and side to side, with snow drops this time of year, starting in February. February 2 if this old rhyme is anything to go by- The Snowdrop, in purest white array First rears her head on Candlemas. Candlemas is the celebration of Christ’s presentation to … Continue reading

If there had been tumbleweeds…

…I wouldn’t have been surprised. I’m talking about our latest bee inspection. There were high points (our first ‘considerable’ honey grab) and low points (the tumbleweeds). But there were a few gifts as well… Bee inspection: First Hive This bee inspection took place during the first half of July. We had admittedly left some time between … Continue reading

Having a cake and eating it, too

May news, dreadfully behind on posting as usual… Now you see them, now you don’t Well, not exactly. Their way of telling me in early April that it’s time to remove the barriers and welcome in spring. This is the shredded remains of what I had wrapped the fondant from March in. Unlike the hive … Continue reading

Hiving the Bees

Just in case you need some inspiration at the beginning of the most active part of the beekeeping year…. I like the impression created here that swarming is part of beekeeping and not the disaster some beekeepers make of it. I also like the enticement she uses, no, not to attract Troy, but to attract … Continue reading

O Antiphons!

  Because of work load, the only Christmas-y thing I got to do was attend a carol service at a village church in the vicinity of work. In fact, it was a service sponsored by the employers who provided transportation to the church. It was exactly the right thing, to recall what Christmas is about, … Continue reading

October is Nature’s Funeral Month

…Nature glories in death more than life. The month of departure is more beautiful than the month of coming – October than May. Every green thing loves to die in bright colors. -Henry Ward Beecher  Proverbs from the Plymouth Pulpit *** The weather of late around here is the very essence of funereal: grey, cold, with … Continue reading

Remember to notify your bees when you’re dead…..

Bees are regarded with respect,and the general custom of telling them of a death in the family of their owner is not yet extinct; it is believed in the Golden Valley that they would leave their hives if not told. There was a large apiary at the Moor, near Hay, and when the owner died, … Continue reading

Harry Houdini

…it’s not*. No, this isn’t some kind of weird ornament or Victorian curio. And, yes, it is alive. And oh so compliant because it knows we are its only hope at this point. God only knows how long it had been stuck in this fat ball feeder, surrounded by a circular cage to keep out, … Continue reading

What happens in a leaderless state?

This is what we were pondering a few weeks back (running about a couple of weeks behind with these posts). The good news is we seem to have come through the swarm season 2 for 4: 2 caught and rehomed, 2 that got away. The bad news appears to be that swarms have stopped because … Continue reading

Bums Up for the camera, girls!

Last swarm of the season (we hope) waving goodbye-or is that hello?- in their own unique way. I wondered about that title when I uploaded this video to YouTube, even with the ‘Nature’ subject heading on it (or maybe especially with that subject heading). But I decided to take my chances. This was the 4th … Continue reading

My Latin Notebook

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