Sunday, March 27, 2011

Bees... part 1.

I've decided that I want to try keeping bees. I've also decided that I want to be as low impact and cheap about this as possible, both for me, and the bees. Today, I built my first bee hive. It is a Kenyan top bar hive. Thanks for the suggestions, Chris! This particular one is 20 inches long and is intended as a bait hive.

I have some lemongrass oil coming to use as an attractant. When it arrives I intend to hang this hive about 20 feet up in this black locust tree.

If I manage to catch a swarm, I will build a 4 foot long hive to transfer it into. If not, then next year I will consider trying to purchase some bees.

Got any other suggestions for me?


New birds on the farm. Here they are across the street enjoying breakfast. Once upon a time I' d have been very excited to have eagles in my yard. Now, I'm mostly worried that they are going to eat my chickens or turkeys. Anyways, welcome to the neighborhood.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Don't look!

I've been doing a lot of fibery stuff. But...I can't show you. It's gift-fibery-stuff.

This is all you can see:

And maybe a little of this:

And some of this:

I also finished knitting with some of my hand spun. Now that I have more practice spinning, knitting was pretty nice. I'm keeping the hat.

This is my January self-imposed stash club shawl. I finished it on Feb 28...