Oh, never mind. That's very timeworn, isn't it.
And it's hard to uphold the martyr act when I spent most of today watching my kids do things like this
We have been to the local beach for the last three days. Two warm days, yesterday a little like what I imagine being at the beach in Britain to be like. As I huddled behind the windbreak Thing 1 had made, I kept saying, "Isn't this lovely?" and cracking up.
Yesterday I went into the two hives I keep here at home, and one is doing well from the bees' standpoint, but rottenly from mine. They are drawing combs across the bars, so it's not a moveable-frame hive. They'll still raise babies and make honey, but it's not as useable for people. And I can't monitor for disease and their space needs. See?
It makes me want to cry. My own fault, really, as I didn't give them any starter strips to guide them in straight comb drawing. I'm going to ask around at the bee meeting and see if anyone has any useful ideas.
The other hive, the one in which I remembered to put starter strips of beeswax? It's like a miracle.
Bar after bar of beautiful comb, straight and thick. The bees are calm and going about their business. I saw capped brood, little teeny new eggs, and lots of pollen and nectar. Go, bees. I have to check on the other two hives.
I also got another swarm call and I'm going to drive out and get them early tomorrow morning. Oh, and as to earlier questions, our back yard, while large for our area, measures about 40x40'. Not huge, but bees are easy to please. I think for now I'll stop with two hives. My sister's house has room for many more. . . Thanks to Thing 1 for the bee pictures. She's feeling much bolder with a veil on.
Tonight, I'm going to get the kids in bed early (those hours at the beach pay off!) and then grade like a madwoman. The course I'm teaching is winding up, so I have to finish that and then edit the lectures. Then I'll have more time to work on things like this
I'm almost to the arm division. Thing 1 says she wants a pretty plain sweater, and this is working out to be just that. I think she'll get a lot of wear out of it, but not unless we have more beach days like yesterday.
I think after I get this last swarm sorted, and hived, and finish the work I have to do, I'll have lots of catch-up knitting time.
Except that Sunday is my first spinning class.
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