22 Apr 2011, 1:55pm
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rainy daze & honey bees

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yesterday evening—driving across the bay to see my love, windows down, my tummy full of rich honey freshly cut from the hive. i’m gonna miss this time in my life when it’s over.

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yesterday one of our bee hives swarmed—basically, the colony grew beyond a certain size and the queen took off with a whole lot of workers in tow (leaving some of the colony to raise a new queen). when a colony swarms, they gather around their queen on a tree branch or something similar and hang out while a bunch of scouts go look for a new place to nest. that’s the point at which we can intervene and capture them in a new hive box, effectively catching ourselves a new colony. which we did!


a little bit of video footage.


the swarm, in a lemon tree in the orchard.


prepping frames for the new box. we added beeswax guides to encourage the bees to lay their honeycomb the way we want them to so we can harvest it easily.


placing the new hive box directly underneath the swarm.


penny shook the tree and in they went!


we left a few frames out of the box at first to make sure the queen would end up all the way in the box. once the bees started to settle down, we carefully added them and then capped the box.

later, after dark, when all the bees are in the hive, the box’s opening was taped up and the box was carefully moved up to the platform where the other hive boxes live.

in the meantime, while we were at it and all decked out in beekeeper garb, we checked on the other hives and decided to harvest a bit of honey and add a super (an extra level for the bees to move into and fill up with honey) to one of them.


we smoked the bees to keep them calm.

yum!

16 Apr 2011, 2:10pm
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the kids are all right

uma, born tuesday april 12th—

solo, born the day before (i think), an orphan from a nearby farm—

more on these kids later, i promise. in the meantime, they are warming the cockles of every heart here.

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here’s some of the ups from this past week of ups and downs.


i took an herbal personal care workshop.


A came to visit!


point reyes national seashore = pretty beautiful.


a very nice tourist took this photo for us.


we celebrated patti’s birthday (soupy and i collaborated on the mandala).


when i was a kid living in the south bay our cats used to catch lizards like this.

7 Apr 2011, 8:26pm
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more living things

rainbow chard

small creatures

6 Apr 2011, 9:55pm
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a few living things

your daily rose photo(s)

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a thing i learned today
little seedlings push their seed coats up as they unfold and grow. check this out—


(dill)


(summer squash)


(onion)

5 Apr 2011, 8:37pm
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today in photos (and captions)


will i ever tire of taking photos of roses? signs point to no.


soupy deconstructing the west wall of the greenhouse.


sun-hatted farmers admire a newly-prepped bed.


flo shows off freshly-harvested cauliflower.


kale seedlings planted a few days ago from seeds collected here.


new bed full of baby leeks!


(guess what?) chicken butt.


the chickens love picking through the straw we use as mulch.


this is a weed—possibly scarlet pimpernel? i love its tiny pink flowers.


an old cabbage plant that will probably be pulled out tomorrow when we prep the bed it’s in for new plants.


my muddy toes, with wild radish flowers caught in my sandals.


raw pumpkin pudding!


living in community: it is pretty awesome.

3 Apr 2011, 10:05pm
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the rest

(of the day)
(well, some of the rest of the day)

this afternoon:

this evening:

3 Apr 2011, 11:01am
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