When I took the supers off in July to extract honey the hives were really strong. I added deeps with just foundation so they wouldnt swarm. Three of those hives have drawn out all the frames in the deeps, and stored nectar and honey in them. The queens have also filled some of the frames from wall to wall with brood. So much for nothing coming in in July and Aug in Florida.|
|Server ip changed||Computer/Web pages|
Server changed to a new IP address. They are shutting down the old connection. Everything seems to be working.|
The new honeygate came in so I can bottle honey again. Found out why the bees haven't been at the pond, they discovered the pool at the end of the block. Fixed the blackberry trellis but the state is already coming out of the ground. Need to get real earth anchors and replace the stakes. |
|Botting honey issues||Beekeeping|
Extracted over 100lbs of honey. Removed the last supers in the rain. Couldnt bottle. I decided to wash the plastic jars I had since they were sitting around for a year, and they aren't dishwasher safe. Had to wait a week for new jars. Got of of it bottled but was doing more last night and broke the honey gate on the bucket. Now I have to wait for a new one.|
|Blackberry trells broke||Plants|
One of the stakes for the blackberry trellis was going out of the ground. Pulled it out easily but when putting it back in at an angle the closet post broke off. Rotted at ground level, and that took the second post with it same problem. Replacing both.|
Rented the extractor for Sat. Picked it up after work Friday which made it too late to do anything. Particularity since I forgot to remove the supers from the freezer and they were still frozen. Saturday was a miserable day. Removed more supers in the drizzling rain. Extracted from 10-2. Filled 2 buckets. Passed the extractor on and came home to find a very small swarm on a limb in the pasture. It couldnt be from one of my hives. Tried to catch it but they were having none of that, kept going back to the tree limb, gave up after an hour.
Next morning was clear and sunny watched the swarm for abut 3 hours. Put up a second bait hive. About 10:30 got bored and they stopped flying. It started raining about 11. They were still there after 5 (it stopped raining several hours before). Drove over into the pasture and dumped them in a bucket, this time was much better. Hived them nearby on my side of the fence. Saw the queen. Caged her because as small as the swarm was I added 2 frames of bees from one of the other hives an knew there would be fighting. Meanwhile so many bees were around the bait hive I took in down sure there was a swarm in it. No not yet but Ill check it again today.
Took the caught swarm to the hill.
by Dorling Kindersley ed.|
Science: 512 pages
Bought this so I knew more about dinosaurs for Cece. Will pass it on to her even though she cant read it yet. Has a list of 600 dinosaurs and a brief description in the back. Got tired of reading this species might not exist...
Rating: 4 (out of 8)
Seen several rainbows in the last month. One lasted long enough for me to drive from my house to Rons and show his kids.|
|Day 7-9: Jamestowne, friends, reunion||Vacation2014, Forts, Travel|
Yes Jamestowne with the stupid e at the end. Not the touristed up place next door the actual National Park of the real site. There are two forts on the site parts of the reconstructed original one and on top of that a Confederate earthwork.
Spent the night in Raleigh with Roberto and his kids. Went to the family reunion in Kinston the next day at 1pm. Left there at 3:30 and drove straight to Jacksonville. The first Krystals you hit coming south is just outside Brunswick.
On Monday came home.
|Day 6: Virginia Forts||Vacation2014, Forts, Geocaches|
Started out first thing at Ft. Norfolk. Its currently on an active army base used by the Corps of Engineers so was not allowed to take pictures towards the modern building. Found a geocache on the property unexpectedly. Its supposed to be a multistage cache that was currently inactive but the final cache was there. Logged it.
Crossed over to Ft. Monroe and took some pictures of Ft. Wool on the way. Last time I was at Ft. Monroe it was an active base, now its a National Park and much better since you dont feel like your being watched and picture taking is allowed. There are still a lot of army signs up about things you shouldnt do however. Old Point Comfort Lighthouse is just outside Ft. Monroe.
Finished the day at Yorktown. There was a lot more there than I expected. Did 2 geocaches ad walked all over the town and inner works, then did the driving tour out to the surrender field and other sites. Did everything for a 3rd geocache down on the beach that was virtual but didnt log it.