There's a freezing chill in the air this morning but the cloudless sky carries a promise of a beautiful day to come. I've had a very productive week and today will be no different. Once the sun is shing and the sky is blue, I will have all the energy I need to get on with today's tasks.
The projects I have on the go are many and varied. I'm painting, regenerating paddocks, farm planning, planting while the weather's favourable, working with the children.....
Monday saw me checking the hive and robbing some honey. I didn't measure but there were several kilos of golden sweetness.
The chooks are doing a lovely job in their new enclosure. We've put them in a bare paddock on the top of the hill. This paddock had no soil whatsoever so, a while back, we shoveled a couple of trailer loads of horse manure on it. Now the chooks are scratching it around and adding their own manure to the mix. We'll move them soon to a new area and put them to work again. Our hope is that, over time we'll see the soil build up.
|Near the manure pile|
I've only had a couple of attempts to beekeep on my own so far and they weren't very successful. On one attempt the bees were very aggressive and I had two stings inside my boot which I had to ignore. I was also stung twice on the hand. I managed to calmly work through but didn't know enough about the bees to understand what was happening. Normally they are quite settled. My mentor felt it may have been due to the hive being so full of honey that they had nowhere to lay their brood. Therefore, once I had removed three frames (all I could manage in my bee-stung state), they were calmer when we inspected them this week.
I'm very lucky with my mentor. He has years of experience. I've known Jim since I was born. He was a friend of my parents and we used to visit their family when we were children. I was lucky that I unexpectedly came across Jim and his wife in the supermarket car park soon after we bought this property. We had lost contact and I had no idea that they lived in this area. Neither did I know Jim was a beekeeper. I invited them to lunch, together with my parents, and it was then I discovered that Jim worked with bees. He's been helping me since. It's wonderful to watch him at a hive. He works slowly and calmly. He doesn't even wear gloves!!!
So onward I go! Hopefully I can get through my jobs by the end of the day and perhaps tomorrow I'll just relax.
How is your weekend looking? Are you taking it easy or do you also have a thousand projects on the go?!