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Happy Thanksgiving!!

  • Posted on November 22, 2011 at 10:50 am

"Naughty" Corena

A few years ago, Miss Corena, a shy sweet girl came to live with us.  She had only been with us a couple of months when Thanksgiving rolled around.  I was in the living room when I suddenly heard something in the kitchen.  I walked in to find Corena eating the freshly baked Pumpkin Pie (Husband’s favorite pie, of course) with Bucca standing beside her in shock at her naughtiness. 

Instead of grabbing the pie away from her, I grabbed the camera to take this fun picture.  I honestly don’t think Hubby has ever forgiven me for not rescuing his beloved pie (he had 2 more in the oven), but it’s one of my favorite pics of Corena.  The next year she was ‘Miss November’ in the Newf’s Gone Bad calendar and they jazzed the pic up with a poem and the marching pies.

We hope you have a very happy Thankgiving!  Drive safe if you are on the roads!  We’ll be at home, relaxing and enjoying our days off and our Newfies.

Hugs to you all,  Ellen

Beautiful Mornings!

  • Posted on September 29, 2011 at 6:00 am

The morning are so beautiful I had to share a couple more pics of some lovely blossoms.

A dahlia (I’ve never really planted these before, however, these flowers are large and GORGEOUS!!).

Dahlia

Dahlia

 

And here is some lantana, another 1st for my garden enjoyment.  There are so many great varieties of lantana.  Here is a cutie.

Lantana

Lantana

Have a great day,

Hugs, Ellen

Morning Glory!!

  • Posted on September 28, 2011 at 12:06 pm

What a glorious day, the early morning are cool and ‘fallish’ feeling, while the afternoon warms up to comfortable levels.  This morning I had some absolutely beautiful Morning Glorys blossoming all over the place.  Here is my favorite one.

Morning Glory

Morning Glory

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Hugs, Ellen

What’s New!!

  • Posted on July 13, 2011 at 5:00 am

For years I’ve been fascinated by honeybees and I truly believe that their pollinating skills (along with their production of honey) are truly inspiring.  There are other pollinators and I applaud them too, but I especially love the honeybee.

I didn’t know too much about  them and didn’t know if I had what it took to be a beekeeper (although I see myself as more of a beecarer than keeper).  I did some research on the internet and there was finally a beginning beekeeping class locally, hosted by the local Extension.  I went to the class and LOVED it!!

My BeeHive

My BeeHive

Back in the spring, I was put in touch with a ‘bee guy’ who rescues swarms and is a bee and wildlife removal specialist.  He has 24 hives at last count and shares the wealth when he retrieves swarms from property, trees, etc.  As I had never even been around bees, he invited me to come play with the bees one day, it was extraordinary and I totally loved it.  I had gotten a ‘bee veil’ and some sturdy bee gloves and off I went.  Hundreds of bees buzzed around us, but I never got stung and I held frames of honey comb and brood, I learned to identify the queen, the workers and the lazy drones. 

I had ordered two hives and they came but I had no bees as it was too late in the season to get any from commercial sources.  Then my ‘bee guy’ called to see if I was still interested in beekeeping.  I said I was and he said he had two swarms that he would place in my hives to give me a start, so husband and I packed up my hives and off we went.  One was a large swarm and the other was ‘smallish’ and we took them home and installed them in the yard. 

Some bee girls

Bee Girls!!

The small swarm didn’t make it (might have been some newb error on my part, or the extraordinary heat of the summer).  Anyway, the larger swarm is doing great and while I probably won’t get honey this year (they need to have plenty of stores to make it through the winter, I hope they will go gangbusters next spring.

Bees and more bees

Bees and more bees

This year, however, is a learning year and I’m enjoying them.  They are collecting pollen (I’m amazed at the different colors of pollen), making honey, etc.  The lovely queen is laying eggs, which turn into larva and uncapped brood, which become ‘capped brood’ which become baby bees that chew their way out of the capping to begin their work.  They will in turn become nurse bees, janitor  bees, builder bees, guard bees and forager bees… whatever the hive needs.

Yes, I’ve been stung a time or too (I was careless more than anything) and it hasn’t been bad.  Husband and SontheYounger sometimes join me to inspect the hives (ever couple of weeks or so). 

I’m looking forward to continuing to learn about bees and beecare.  I’ll let you know how it goes!

Have a great week… Hugs, Ellen