Sunday, March 24, 2013

Weekly Ponderings...

Although Spring officially sprung on the calendar, it is far away from our reality here on the farmette. Cold temps, rain, thunderstorms, and the threat of snow rule the day. I realize that is a far better scheme than most of you may be facing. 





Is it too obvious to say that there is just no place like home on a dreary, rainy, cloudy, un-spring-like weekend? 






Lastly, my bees swarmed.  Yes, they left the life of luxury I provided for them.  This has made me sad and a bit perplexed, but the girls did leave me a few frames of capped honey for my efforts.  I have more bees and a hive arriving in the future.....along with a swarm lure to possibly fill my empty hive.





Time will tell how all of that goes.  

Be well my friends.  





31 comments:

  1. sorry your bees swarmed! i hope they find a safe harbor to set up hive again...

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  2. Those bees are going to be sorry! Maybe the new ones will be smart enough to know when they have it good. Do you have a honey extractor? You'll have to tell us how you harvest the honey out of the frames. We are having nice Spring-y weather here in Oregon. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  3. I don't know a lot about bees but I'm sure things will work out in the "bee" dept. Looking forward to a better future report.....as for SPRING?....still looking for as I'm sure you are too! Be Blessed~~~Roxie

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  4. I'm sorry to hear about your bees. Hope you will have a full hive again soon! The weather is crazy everywhere.

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  5. We're in the same boat- our bees absconded as well. And it's snowing here in VA. Maybe spring will find us soon! :)

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  6. So, when bees swarm, that's bad, right? I'm not a farm boy . . .

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  7. while lots of folks have been having snow we've been having humidity here in FL!! hope you're able to lure your wayward swarm...back to their hive!

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  8. crazy bees...maybe they will be back...we have been cold here in Texas...hopefully we will warm up again soon...

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  9. I didn't know they would fly away. You learn something everyday.

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  10. Oh nuts!! So disappointing when a hive swarms. We just had one of our hives swarm a few days ago. Red ants moved in overnight. Hope your next hive does well. Glad you got some honey, though. The first photo is just delicious. Love the flowers in the foreground against the green.

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  11. I so look forward to taking walks in the woods and seeing the moss covered rocks. Soon!

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  12. Your surroundings seems always so much more interesting than mine in the city !

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  13. Aaaw! So sad about your bees! Hopefully they will come back to you! I guess everyone wants to fly south this year! Pretty pics! xoxo

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  14. I wonder why they swarmed?

    Such pretty photos...

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  15. Love the bee pic. I'm so sorry they swarmed!

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  16. My daughter and I were recently talking about bee swarms. What makes them decide to move house? It looks like you had provided a lovely area for them to buzz around in.

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  17. Sorry about the bees, I hope that you get a new hive soon! Our weather has been crazy too, it's snowing here again today :(

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  18. i would imagine the farmette will soon be covered in snow with this storm that has just passed through the midwest~guess the bees will have to take cover for another week or so!

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  19. Sorry the bees swarmed! We just took our box to a fellow beekeeper who is going to set up a nuc colony for us. We will pick it up in April and start our first hive! Seems like beekeeping is such a constant learning experience. I enjoy hearing about your experiences!

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  20. I do not like much bees, but they look really great in picture! I admit that I am a bit scared of them...

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  21. The joys and sorrows of raising bees. I am sorry to hear that the bees swarmed.

    Mother Nature likes to tease us early in spring to ensure that we truly appreciate the stunning weather that may be on the way.

    Velva

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  22. Oh I hope you don't lose your bees. My HM loves to hive and he misses it because we can't have them here (in our city limits).

    Yes, Photo Booths are so fun!!!!

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  23. Ahhhh....that first image has taken my breath away! Gorgeous!

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  24. Major bummer Michelle -- I hope the new batch appreciates your hospitality!

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  25. I'm worried about ours doing the same. It's a strong, big hive, and the queen is getting elderly. We're hoping we can split them before that happens, and re-queen.

    Don't you wonder who laid up those stones under the tree, and why? What was there before the tree? Such photos make me ponder on the goals, visions and dreams of those who lived there long before we stopped by to see their efforts.

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  26. It is spring -- really. We need this moisture. I haven't seen anyone out in the garden yet but I know they will all dance to the garden when all this wet weather passes -- barbara

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  27. Great bee photo! Bummer that they swarmed. :(

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  28. Fickle friends, those bees, aren't they? My original hive didn't survive the winter, and I thought for a second about skipping bees this year...just a second though. :)

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