In my blog I plan to chat about nature, crafts, baking, gardening, beekeeping, family, and whatever else seems appropriate at the time. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Walking, beekeeping, saving chickens!
I wanted to show you a picture of the nickel plate trail. We went for a walk on this trail the other night. It used to be the Nickel Plate train. Now people ride bikes or walk the trail.
It's beautiful. It goes through several counties.
And I got into a couple of hives yesterday. It was all I had time for, but that's ok. I have always dreamed of getting into my hives a little at a time, rather than dragging my gear from one house to the other, loading and unloading, and going through all of them in one day wearing myself out. So far I'm 50/50. I've been in four hives. Two are alive, two are dead. I hope my odds get better. I wanted to show you this picture. I've been beekeeping for ten years and I've never seen this. I e-mailed my mentor about it. It felt just like candle wax. I wish my bees were making their own candles! They are not. He said he has seen it bbeore and it's some kind of pollen that hardens like this after it gets in the mold stage. That would make sense because this beehive was one of the dead ones. It was a mess inside. An animal had built a nest in it, and of course, the bees died.
I'm 59. A wife, a beekeeper, a gardener, and a crafter. I like to read; novels and old cookbooks with history in them are my favorites. I've been married for 21 years to a loving, hard-working man, who makes me laugh. We have a little dog that was found dumped in a park, and given to us. He is a boy, but has a girl name. Sorry Dixie. (could be uni-sex I suppose)
We have decided to take a journey together and build a new home on some land we purchased a few years ago. We are building the home ourselves. In 2016 we moved to the main level of our new home. I've created "The House on Hilltop Farm" blog, so I can record the house building journey. The Bee Lady from Hilltop Farm is about everything else going on in my life.
Nice to meet you.
So, I showed my niece my new (old) camper and she said, "I love the name coral belle. Coral reminds me of the ocean and the color of the camper reminds me of the color of the water in the ocean." (Out of the mouths of babes!)