Monday, August 8, 2011
There it sits at the base of our little hill, "Charlie's Place", as we still call it, even though he has passed on. In his 90 plus years, Charlie did about everything, but the most visible, especially from our house, was the gardening and beautifying of his property. Being a wise man, he also kept bees and tended them up until this last autumn when, from his hospital bed, asked my Mr. to please take his bees as he would not be coming home.. Charlie died and about a week after so did all of the bees...both hives, dead!
One of the hives had been invaded with wax moths and my hubby didn't want to risk using it again, so off to the dump it went. The other hive was left to be addressed at a later date as we had our own to tend to for the winter and another order of bees to be delivered in the spring.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
This last weekend we paid a visit to one of the hives to see how things were going. The Mr. found that they had most definitely been busy little bees with honey a overflowing..it was time, he announced, to capture some of the golden goodness.
And here is the results of the first few frames that were removed.
Here is my high tech invention to extract the honey....
As you can see for yourself, it works very well. I won't try to tell you that it is fast, let's just say it was a good lesson in patience for me and I was actually very satisfied with the end result.
We have just enough to share with family in Portland and a few neighbor friends here that share their blossoms with our bees.
This weekend we will be checking the hive at the upper property and I will be sharing the interesting story of how that one came to be.
Hope you all have something "sweet" planned for your weekend!
Monday, August 1, 2011
Behind this weathered door is the future of a sweet little shop. A place where seasons will change and so the treasures that come and go will find new life too. It will be the tangible part of the Etsy, Stockshop. I am so looking forward to decorating for the different holidays and the challenge of working with no power to the little building.
As you can see there will be a bit of elbow grease required but nothing that the Mr. can't conquer with the trusty weedeater.
Most of the work will be done on the inside, beginning with moving the plywood away from in front of the window, thank you, old shelving to be taken down and a coat of white paint, and, some pretty little curtains are must. Many things to work out and not that long to do it before the shop opening in the fall...I will keep you updated on the progress.
Off to do some much needed shopping. Have a great day!