Sunday, May 29, 2016

Outside My Front Door

Taking a moment this morning to appreciate the barn right outside my front door.  

She is old, but not too old.  
She is just right.  

Maybe sometimes a bit creepy when I am trying to get a couple of straw bales and hoping that a stray animal doesn't surprise me.....

Today she is surrounded by clear, blue skies.  
Maybe it will stay that way for a mere few hours.  

Linking up with The Barn Collective today.  
Pay Tom a visit, won't you?!  

Friday, May 27, 2016

Friday Randoms

Tiny pears, right here at the farmette.  With all of the rain we have been getting, they are growing like crazy. 

Kentucky is full of caves and we have one on the farmette.  With flooding rains yesterday, these people were stuck inside one not too far away from me.  Scary stuff.  

Planning a party this holiday weekend?  Here are a few recipes for you.  

People share things they used to believe as a child.  Quite entertaining and if you scroll down to the comments, you get even more anecdotes.  

Sending you off into the weekend with some Post Modern Jukebox.  Have a great one!  

Linking up with Nancy and Tanya.  

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for things gone wrong that could have been worse.  Tuesday, of this week, the girl of the house broke her collarbone while playing shortstop in the district championship game.  The runner from second base plowed into her, thus causing the injury.  

While the collarbone is broke, she does not need surgery.  A clean break that will, hopefully, heal on its own.  We go back in four weeks to check the healing process.  Some Netflix and chill time at the farmette should be all that is required. 

Thankful we are......

"A broken bone can heal, but the wound a word opens can fester forever." 

Jessamyn West 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Finding Joy

Today I found joy in lettuce.  I can't even eat it yet, but gives me joy.  

Despite our garden being flooded by recent storms, many things continue to flourish.  Take this lettuce, for example.  The smallest seeds overcame all of that water to take root and grow.  

Finding joy in small things is so important.  Many times our days are made up of tiny, joyful moments that we might overlook.  This lady found some joy in a Chewbacca mask.  If you haven't watched it, you must.  

"Focus on the journey, not the destination.  Joy is found not in finishing an activity, but in doing it."  

Greg Anderson 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Bringing Back the Buzz

I have previously had bee hives here at the farmette.  After having trouble with swarming, I gave it a rest.  I became a bit discouraged and didn't keep a hive last year.      

After a bit of mental regrouping, I decided to give it another try.  Yesterday I picked up a fresh box of bees.  This is how they arrived and the one on the outside stayed there for an hour, during the ride home.  Obviously she felt she had found her people.    

Taking off the small, brown top reveals the can of sugar water and the queen cage, to the left.  The queen cage holds the queen and her attendants, along with a solid piece of sugar type candy that provides food.  The cork you see, that hold her in, will be replaced with a bit of marshmallow.  Yes there are dead bees in this photo.  Unfortunately, this does happen.   

After removing the can, everyone is ready to come out and see their new real estate.  

Here is a close up of the queen cage.  She is the one with the white dot on her body.  I ordered a marked queen as it is easier for me to keep an eye on her in the hive.   The sugar candy is at the bottom and, at this point, I had replaced the cork with a marshmallow.  On the exterior, right in the middle, is a drone.  Noticeable by the thicker body and larger eyes.  

Here is everyone after I dumped them in the hive.  That sounds crude, but you essentially dump/shake them out of the box into their new home.  

The queen cage is placed between two frames.  As you can see, the workers are already covering her cage.  The marshmallow will be eaten away, thus releasing the queen into the hive.  In this way the other bees accept her.  

Here everyone is buzzing around their new home.  The bee box still holds a few bees and is placed by the hive entrance.  They will eventually fly into the hive.  

The plain wood tray, underneath the top cover, holds a feeder.  I will continue to provide sugar water for a time.  

This time I am hopeful for a prosperous hive that enjoys their new home.  

"There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know.  The keeping of bees, for instance."  

Henry David Thoreau 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday Randoms

A lovely orchid that makes me think I need one around the house.  

This Victorian house has the best details.  Amazing that they have been preserved.  

As a fan of Antiques Roadshow I can say that this was bound to happen, sooner or later.  

If you need to let off some steam, this might be for you.  

Leavin' you with some Gregg Allman for the weekend.  Have a good one!  

Linking up with  Nancy, pay her a visit!  

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Thankful today for some sweet smells while I am out walking.  This Honeysuckle vine is covering our neighbor's fence and I like it, as do the bees.  

"And honeysuckle love to crawl up the low crag and ruin'd wall."  

Sir Walter Scott