Sunday, June 29, 2008

Mimi and the Big Bugs

Got to visit with my brother and family yesterday
as they were passing through the mountains of WNC.
Took the four and almost five-year-old nephew and niece
on a hike in the woods.
We found several bugs bigger than my pinkie finger.
My almost five-year-old niece commented that
I was a really good scientist,
since I could find all these bugs.
Amazing the compliments that make your day.

Monday, June 16, 2008

The Birds and the Bees

Do you see the birdhouse
in the foreground of the picture?
Yesterday while we were working
combining hives and
taking a super of honey,
little baby wren faces were stuck out
of the door hole in the birdhouse,
chattering at us.
I figured it wouldn't be long before
they abandoned ship
to explore the world.

Sure enough,
when I went out to check out
the new hive situation last night,
there was an explosion of noise
next to the side fence...
three little baby wrens
hopping around
fussing at full volume.

Didn't have my camera,
but will long treasure the memory
of those precious babies.

When I went out later,
you could trace their presence
to some thick brush
just outside the fence.
Little they may be,
but quiet they ain't.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Too Much Fun for Just One Blog

We harvested honey today. See my Backyard Swammerdam blog for the whole story...the link is over there to the right. But here are additional pictures of us harvesting what looks like around 2 gallons of honey from our early estimates.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Ye Olde Lake House

There has been too much spring in Spring this year,
so it was good to spend a few days
not doing anything productive.

Read books, float in the lake,
watch our toenails grow.

Now THAT is a vacation.