So...about the bees and keeping them warm in the winter. It is the opinion of some, that insulating the hive only makes you feel like you are doing something to help them, but that it doesn't make a difference one way or the other. The bees have survived our winters for years. It's true. And I do feel better for trying. What kills them are the mites. Tracheal and varroa mites. That is also true. I do know that wrapping the hive is a very delicate situation because if you get the hive too warm, the bees will come out, thinking it's warm when it isn't. In the winter months, the bees cluster together and vibrate their bodies to keep the area that they are in warm. I put a piece of insulation in the top of the hive because I put an empty super on the hive, so I would have room for sugar cakes. Because I do know the bees can starve to death in the winter without enough food. So there you have one more lesson on bees. Now on to my blog post.
It's been a few weeks ago that I had a couple of young ladies spend a couple of nights here during their fall break. My sister had a groupon to take a tour through our local Opalescent glass shop (KOG) and she gave it to me to take them. Although the regular price of the tour is well worth the cost.
The glass shop has been here since 1888, and it's one amazing place. I used to live a few blocks from it and I took the boys I watched on a tour way back when. I highly recommend taking a tour of it as it is very interesting and the tours have changed quite a bit.
Once the glass in their ladle is ready, they bring it over here and plop it down on this counter top.
Where it is kneaded like bread, only not with your hands!
After he rolls it around a few times, he puts it in this box where it goes through a conveyor and gets flattened out.
They also make special order sinks...
Lots of gift ideas...