Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Monday, June 24, 2013

Apiary Day 49

In the Garden

The sour cherry tree.
The robin has a nest in it and keeps fussing at me. But pie is on the horizon. And Cherry Bounce, cherries soaked in vodka for a year. It's good for your joints. Uh-huh.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Roses with Honeysuckle


Jo called Tuesday to say that a longtime family friend, Mike (on the guitar), had been killed in a car accident early Tuesday morning.  Death does come unexpectedly.  Sometimes we get harsh reminders.  My heart is with his parents, who will bury him on Saturday.  I hope that they will be able to say good-bye and find a way to reinvent themselves, to move through this and on.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Summer Lovin'

The crazy frog in my backyard pond convinced a woman to move in, despite the three-dog situation. That guy must have it going on.


Monday, June 10, 2013

Ongoing Apiary Tales

 Our weak hive lost her queen and just couldn't get its act together.
 Our strong hive, however, is doing a great job.
The white stuff along the top is capped honey.
The yellow-ish capped stuff in the middle is capped brood.
The cells that are uncapped and dark are pollen stores.
The cells that are uncapped with flecks of white are bee larvae.
Here's another frame from our strong hive.
We combined the two hives on Saturday to give the weak hive 
a chance to build up and survive.