Monthly Archives: August 2016

bee update

opened the hive this morning after a few months. Its been so hot, did not want to stress them even more. BUT was concerned as with the heat, there wasn’t much flowering, even with all the wet we’ve had.  Was … Continue reading

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  finally finished this sweater!  Used the Beracco Remix yarn again. Didn’t come out exactly as planned, but definitely wearable.  This is my first  totally knitted parts sewn together; sides, top, set in sleeves. So pretty pleased.  No pattern last … Continue reading

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slow around the house

Its been wicked hot, although finally getting some cooler weather, and that leads to a lot of changes in the garden.  And that’s a different post harvested some chard for eating and freezing got   a  “jerky cannon” and what a … Continue reading

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small batch canning

don’t get why some folks are reluctant to do small batch canning.  Yes it makes as much of a mess as big batch, and it takes up just as much space. but why deprive yourself of something special?  Using a … Continue reading

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todays buzz

  This is the supplemental pollen substitute feeder I’ve rigged up. there is a little of the pollen sub in the container, an opening on the side, and a little honey smeared on inside of the top.  figure this will … Continue reading

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summer update

It has just been HOT, HOTTER, and HOTTEST.  While we might not have broken any single temp records, we have NEVER had to have our air conditioning on 24/7 for more than 3 days in a row before. It has … Continue reading

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