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Fall

Found these little guys hanging out in a sunny window in a barn at the Pumpkin Farm last weekend.

October 16, 2011 at 5:16 am Leave a comment

Beekeeping

Beekeeping teaches you to appreciate a simple, yet complex creature that we tend to take for granted; you will practice patience – you will be calm (or you will get stung); you will meet new people and make new friends; and if you are good to your bees, you will eat honey.

Bees know exactly what they are doing. The most important lesson that I learned from a seasoned beekeeper… if you don’t know what you are doing, don’t do anything.

The experts couldn’t tell us why our bees swarmed, but one expert pointed out our new queen for us, so we knew our hive was going to be okay. We lost half our hive when they swarmed, but our bees still produced about 60 pounds of golden, sweet, sweet honey.

There are a good many resources on bees and beekeeping. We read a lot of them, watched a lot of YouTube videos, joined and attended a local beekeeping society, but a book I just happened upon at our local library’s book sale is the perfect resource for anyone interested in learning more about bees and beekeeping. The Honey Makers is undoubtedly my favourite bee keeping reference book. Sure, it’s a children’s book, but it is a good one. (I also have my Gramps’ beekeeping book, for the harder questions.)

Anyone who has kept bees will tell you it is a lot of work. You need to visit them often, assess their health at each visit, harvest the honey, prepare them for winter, and hope for the best.

I have so many plans for my share of the liquid gold, but right now I am eating it by the spoonful with a touch of cinnamon to stave off a cold.

Thank you bees.

September 30, 2011 at 8:00 pm Leave a comment

one potato, two potato…

I couldn’t wait any longer. I had to see what what my potato plants were doing under the dirt. I dug some up on the weekend and ate them straight away. I scrubbed, sliced and steamed them and sauteed them in a little butter and onions.

September 18, 2011 at 7:45 pm Leave a comment

All that glitters

Sometimes when things just don’t seem to be going well… you are presented with the unexpected. My daughter decided to give a fall leaf new life.

Glitter glue + fall leaf = an easy and fun craft.

September 13, 2011 at 7:58 pm Leave a comment

Organic Potatoes

I'm growing red, white and blue organic potatoes from starts I made myself. As fall approaches, I am getting anxious to harvest.

My colleague John gave me some sweet potato seedlings in June. I was getting low on containers so I grew them in a reusable shopping bag. Considering they were the size of a finger in June, I think they are doing quite well.

September 1, 2011 at 7:54 pm Leave a comment

We’re melting

This is the temperature on the main floor of our house (85degreesF) at 9:00pm... This does not include the humidity, which is killing us and our poor, old dog.

Tomorrow it is going to be 38degreesC but will feel like 48degreesC   with the humidity. I think the house might melt too.

 

 

July 20, 2011 at 7:56 pm Leave a comment

Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day 2011 ~ Do something nice for the planet today (and everyday if you can).

April 21, 2011 at 8:37 pm Leave a comment

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