Monday, July 25, 2011

Honeybees, the Amish, and a Goldfinch

We have a new swarm - another captured swarm. We think the newbies may be Carniolans (aka Carnies). Pictures to come soon of the NewBees :p
Here’s a pictorial update of Hive #1 – frame-checking, adding a Super to Hive #1.
Adding the Super to Hive #1~
Mr. W and I now have our own protective Bee Suits. They are awesome. We’ll have to do a self-portrait soon :) I must say.. in this heat – suiting up for the bees is a very good way to lose weight!
Speaking of heat, we made a quick trip to Amish Country last week. The heat index was about 110 degrees. I no longer feel like complaining about the heat after seeing this---

Making Wheat Shocks

And finally, a male Goldfinch giving me the Stink Eye at the window feeder.
If you’re among the many suffering with this extended heat…
Stay hydrated and well!!


~from my front porch in the mountains~ said...

He is giving you the stink-eye!!! Little devil he is :)
Tammy, I think this is my all-time fave header! It is so, so pretty!!!!! Love it!
xo, misha

p.s. i am using this same template-how do you get the nav bar that you have? You know me..always asking ?'s!

TexWisGirl said...

love the goldfinch. too cute! i was gathering up some hay from our field (left over from the speed balers) the old fashioned way last week too. it was hot and gritty and no fun. but my horses enjoyed it so that made it worth it.

Rita said...

You are so brave to work with bees! (I'm scared of them, but do love them.)

I laughed at the stink-eye--great shot!!

Stay cool! :)

McVal said...

I can so relate to the sauna reference! I don't even need a bee suit for that around here but am so looking forward to seeing yours!

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

Great pictures. Like the old saying goes, pictures are worth a thousand words.

Keep cool, we are headed for the river. First time to have the boat out this year, what a shame.

Down On The Farm said...

Yes, pictures please :0!! My husband used to raise bees years ago. The honey was DELICIOUS!!! We got NO rain over the weekend. Hope the rain found its way to you :0!

Blondee said...

Oh, I bet you and the Mister in the bee suits would make an awesome Christmas card photo!!!

Enjoy your week!

mountain mama said...

love the header and pics!! yes, it's HOT but we got a little rain this morning :D

libbyquilter said...

had to chuckle at that goldfinch. he really does look a bit perturbed at you.

just read about Grady and feel so bad. he was gorgeous.

more bees = more joy~!!~


Dog Trot Farm said...

I find bee keeping to be so fasinating. I agree with Blondie a Christmas card in bee suits, very unique, no duplicates there. Our heat has finally broken with rain on the way. Hope you are enjoying your summer, and yes that little goldfinch does appear to be giving you the evil eye! Greetings from Maine, Julie.

Melinda said...

Better you than me with the bees!!
Love your header.

Hopefully you are keepling somewhat cool. :)


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Anonymous said...

Love the shot of the Amish haystacks Tammy! That is so cool to see their neat stacks. So different from the rounds! Yes I think a shot of you and Mr. W in your bee suits is in order! Just set the timer and let it click! Mr. Goldfinch does indeed seem to be giving you the stink eye. They keep extending our excessive heat warning and I am starting to have a bad cranky. I need to get outside and walk. Stay cool there at Flat Creek. At this rate we won't ever get the croquet set put up :(

Catherine said...

Love the bees and the Amish strength.

Unknown said...

I LOVE the newest header! Glad to see the bees are doing well and another super is a good sign. I need to inspect mine. I keep putting it off because those suits are dang hot aren't they?!

What a funny shot!

Stay cool!

Staci@LifeAtCobbleHillFarm said...

Great photos and love the new header. That photo of the two of you in your bee garb would be very cute!!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Hi Tammy! Love your header! Great photos of the bee project and the Amish in the hay field. I don't know how they can take the heat, but they are used to it I guess. Love your Goldfinch photo, they haven't been around as much here at my house as in the spring. I did see 2 of them at the feeder yesterday. Stay cool!

Anonymous said...

I know nothing about bees, but I find it fascinating. I am so glad I do not have to make hay like that!


Diana Ferguson said...

I was in the Amish country last week (all the way from Texas). I saw a young couple bailing hay, too! Wow.....

Janet @ My Miniature Donkeys said...

We here in Michigan are also in the deep heat phase of the summer, but our drought ended a couple of days ago with some long lasting rain. Heavenly for the pasture. Of course, some areas now have flooding...

Farming On Faith said...

I love your new header and I loved this post.
Today is to be a record day of heat~ stay cool!

Thank you for praying~ for Kim. She is doing well. The Doctor does believe it is cancer but that he got it all. She will have to be religious about getting scans for the next six years to make sure it does not return. God is good!

elvira pajarola said...

Cara MUST know: I was a GRIZZLY in my life before (hehe...if there was one...who knows) , because I DO LOVE HONEY SO MUCH and eat SO VERY MUCH OF IT, just as Grizzlys I love seeing you produce honey with your new bees!!!!!!!!!!

Oh, I wish you good luck and all the best with them!!!!!
I am sure they will work well!!!!

ciao ciao elvira

Leslie @ Farm Fresh Fun said...

Ahhhh, love all your new pictures and textures! Your blog is both serene and invigorating ~ how'd you manage that?! ;-P

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