Saturday, August 29, 2015

Garden shed

                  We painted the garden shed.

We helped Grandpa and Grandma paint the 'shanty'.
 Shanty is an old shed that was used as a washhouse? at one time.
 We use it as a garden shed, to store bikes, to dry gourds and store other things.

A coat of paint for the birdhouse.

We painted flowers on the shed to add some color.

 Kayli's painting.
Flowers on left by Aubri.
Holli's flowers.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Late Summer Swarm

We are a few weeks from honey harvest, so we were checking the moisture.   You do not want to harvest honey with a moisture content over 18%.   We have a little time to dry down.

While taking readings, we noticed there suddenly was A LOT of bees in the air.    

The swarm flew around the bee yard for 2-3 minutes, and they they started to congregate in a nearby tree.

The bees settled on this branch.   

Doug carefully extracted the branch with all the bees on it.  Careful not to drop or move suddenly.  

We placed the branch in the beehive for them to acclimate a little, then shook them off.   

The hive with new inhabitants.  

Friday, August 21, 2015