Monday, May 14, 2012

Birds and the Bees...

We got a bit more done on the coop yesterday after church and lunch, since the weather held.  The Princess and the Pirate both helped.  The Princess by gophering, and the Pirate by keeping the dog out of our hair and then by weeding half of the next section of the hoop house (which I need to get dug, and add the manure to, since I've also planted the entire side that was ready).  Let's see if I can post some pics...

This was actually how much we did LAST weekend.  I don't have the pics of what we did yesterday.  But we added the corner posts, with temporary braces to hold them, and two of the beams across the tops.  It's a learn-as-we-go experience.  We stopped working yesterday because I wanted supper, and we needed L-brackets that we didn't have.

In the process yesterday, we discovered we have two racoons living in the barn... way, WAAAYYY up near the roof.  One of them is a monster-sized beast.  They have to go.

We also took El Jefe's new revolver down to the river where there is a backstop, and I tried it out.  In the process, we discovered again that the dog will never be a gundog, since at the first shot, he lit out for home like a bear was after him.  He came back to us looking highly embarrassed about ten minutes later, as we were walking up the path to home.  I like the Ruger LCR better than any other revolver I've ever tried, but I still much prefer semi-autos.

Friday morning, I got a call from a friend about a swarm of bees hanging 7-8' up in a pine tree in her back yard.  She had to go to work before we could get there, but she left good directions, and I found them with no trouble.  It was the easiest bee capture EVER.  Even though I had to do it by myself.  I transported them home in the trunk of the car and they are happily ensconced in a nuc box I had.  We hadn't planned on getting bees again until next year, but darned if I'm going to turn down a free swarm.  El Jefe is on his way to Dadant to pick up a hive body so I can transfer them as soon as they have built out four/fifths of the frames in the nuc.  I should have told him to pick up a swarm capture box while he's there, since it occurs to me that the weird warm weather we've had this spring may provoke more swarms than usual - I believe I'll sign off and see if I can get him on the cell to do that.

Pic of the bees in their tree...  That ball is slightly smaller than a football, maybe three pounds of bees. 

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