Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
We humans, however, spent the day cleaning out the barn and trimming trees. Oh, how delicious a nap would have been for us!
We also spent a portion of the day hauling off the wood and shingles left from tearing down our wood shed. We will eventually be replacing the old wood shed with a log structure that matches our log home. As we removed layers of old wood and shingles, we were greeted by the current occupants of the shed (who will soon be in need of a new home). It seems the woodshed was home to a family of black snakes. Here are Mama and Papa. Their babies slithered away quickly before I could snap a good picture.
I am hoping they find a nice new home....far, far, away from this location....and certainly not in the new woodshed!! Yikes!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
We had a whole house fan installed in the loft to help cool the house down on summer evenings...thereby lowering the need for air conditioning. We found a company on the internet who makes wooden covers for air returns, heat ducts, etc. out of wood. Here are a few of the covers in the loft.....much better than metal or plastic!
So simple....yet so effective. I highly recommend this simple tool!!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Not a care in the world!!
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Here are all five frames installed into the new hive....notice the whiter new frames to the side of the older frames. The bees will have to make honeycomb on these new frames in order to fill them with brood and honey.
I will leave the empty nuc boxes by each hive for the night so that the remaining bees will find their way to their new home....by smell. They will find the hive that has the correct queen.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Piles of rustic walnut flooring in several widths....ready to be laid and varnished.
You might notice another sign like this on the right-hand side of this blog....that is an identical sign that I painted many months ago. That grey sign will hang by the driveway to the barn. The barn is grey, so it matches well. However, since our farmhouse is a log home, I left the above sign wood-grained with green trim, just like the house.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Ok, that's just about close enough. This lovely creature is a female hornet, or queen. She is building her nest in preparation for laying several eggs. Over the next week, these eggs will hatch and go through a metamorphosis. Hopefully, I will be able to snap a few more pictures to chronicle this event. Stay tuned...... And we will hope she tolerates the attention....hornets can sting more than once and their sting is quite painful!
PS...To those of you who follow my blog....I would like to say thank you! I enjoy your comments and try to visit your blogs in return when I can. Blogging gives us the ability to peer into a piece of others' lives and share in the wonders of this amazing world. Our farm is a longtime dream turned reality for us...it gives us great pleasure to share our world with you!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
If I had supernatural powers I would slow down the growth of things like children and grass and goats. And I would speed up the growth of the chicks and the gardens and the trees that we planted. But since I don't posess these powers, I will be content to watch each thing grow in its' own time. As the song says..... To every thing, turn, turn, turn......there is a season, turn, turn, turn.......and a time to every purpose under Heaven.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Sadly, we lost another baby chick...only the strong survive....it is the way of the world. Happily, though, the 24 remaining birdies are gleefully running around peeping their lungs out...eating, drinking, frolicking, sleeping. What a comedy show they are!
Another sad note...we have only two ducks remaining. Our dear Daffy met with his demise recently. We have such a small amount of traffic that passes by our farm. Occasionally, someone drives a bit too fast past our pond, putting our ducks in peril...as they sometimes hang out near or on the road. On this particular occasion, Daffy was crossing the road and was killed by a motorist travelling too fast to be able to stop for a lone duck in the road. I hope this is a lesson to that driver. Although country roads seem like good places to speed....you just never know what might be on the road at any given moment.
And so we say goodbye to Daffy.
Dorkey and Methuselah are our only two remaining ducks. Next project: order and raise more ducks. (Note to self: hang a couple more "Duck Crossing" signs.)