May 20, 2011
Yesterday I did the second inspection of the season for all the hives. I don't usually do them all at once but the weather hadn't been promising all week and, for the next few days, the weatherman predicted overcast skies and rainy conditions.
All the hives seem to be doing well except for Plan Bee..., one of the top bar hives. The queens were laying and the brood pattern was excellent. The bees have consumed the pollen substitute patties I had...
May 10, 2011
I made my first inspections of the hives this week.
On Saturday, the temperatures were in the low 60s (F) with sunny conditions. The next two days were overcast, and stormy, so no inspections took place. Today is sunny and warm with temperatures finally reaching into the low 80s.
From outside the hive the bees are bringing in a good deal of pollen. I have caught the bees foraging on our plum tree's blossoms and those of the dandelions on the...
May 2, 2011
Yesterday did not seem like the first day of May, even for Minnesota. The temperature hovered in the 40s; it was rainy and overcast with a brisk wind. Not the type of day you'd expect to install bees in.
John and I went down early to B and B Honey Farm to pick up our bees. John was getting two 2 lb. packages and I was getting 4. With the chill in the air, the bees were rather quiet in the packages, all huddled together around the queen cage.
March 18, 2011
Great River Bluffs State Park opened its doors on a new energy efficient office and shop, spearheading the way for the future of environmental building in the DNR
March 10, 2011
Today I began cleaning out the dead hives in Beelandia. This morning I scraped, cleaned and examined the langstroth, Worker Bees... . I was surprised with how few dead bees were left in the hive. It is quite possible that the queen died sometime late in the fall. I took out a number of full frames of capped honey which I use when I start new packages next month. In all, I am a bit stumped about what actually happened to this hive at this point.
November 19, 2010
The constellation Leo can be seen most dominantly in the northern summer skies in April in between the constellations Virgo and Cancer
While there are many different versions of the constellation myth of Leo, it is nonetheless one of the most popular constellations through its many stories.*
The most common version of the story is told in Greek Mythology attributing to the ancient story of Hercules and his 12 trials.
November 19, 2010
Warning to Regular Readers-- the following blog entry will be used for a discussion of Book X in Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics. Students have been invited to discuss these questions. You may join the discussion if you wish!
1. What does Aristotle mean by contemplation?
2. According to Aristotle, what is the relationship between contemplation and happiness?
3. What does he mean by leisure?
4. In his view, what is the connection between leisure...
July 30, 2010
Two days ago I inspected the three older Langstroth hives. Both Worker Bees and Bee Glad... are where they should be at this point in the year. The bees have stored much honey, there is much pollen, and the bees look healthy. It is Lib-BEE-taria that continues to concern me. The population is smaller than the other two and honey storage seems down. The queen does have a good brood pattern though and laying seems to have picked up.
July 29, 2010
"The cucumber is beloved the world over for its cool, crisp, thirst-quenching flesh and clean flavor when raw and for its capacity to absorb salt, vinegar, water and spices as a delectable pickle." Mi Ae Lipe, The Featherstone Farm Cookbook
July 25, 2010
The weather today was muggy, 80 degree F, and sunny. As usual this summer, we had rain the last two days.
I was finally able to inspect the two top bar hives.