Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Look what the beekeeper brought us at sunrise

Left hive:
Approx 15,000 light yellow/gold bees
Even tempered

Right hive:
Approx 25,000 darker bees
Assertive and extremely hard workers

They arrived at 6.30am. As they are inside the orchard netting they are having to learn two things immediately - how to get through the netting and orient themselves to their new location.  We had a look a short while ago (6 hours after they moved in) and already some are returning with pollen.  Some bees fly straight through the netting, others sit on the net (holes) and think about what they are going to do.  Their owner has just come back to check and is happy with their settling in.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

What a week

Pruned 200+ blueberry bushes.

The beekeeper came to practice walking through the orchard after sunset - we're getting two hives!  I'm pleased and apprehensive.  The responsibility for all those creatures!  And I have a moral dilemma (of my own making) - I don't think that herding bees (herding anything for that matter) is the right thing to do.  Hopefully they'll have a pleasant life and blueberry flowers will be to their liking.

The farm manager thought he'd witnessed a miracle - the exit of squatting sparrows from the netting.  We stomped around the orchard trying to flush out any birds as proof of this miracle, to no avail - they sat somewhere silently.  But today they proved the FM had been hallucinating.

Anzacs and marzipan stuffed ma'amoul were baked in readiness for Saturday's lighting workshop.

The first jars of preserved pears were put up. Pear ginger and date chutney prepped.  Over 10kg of pears still to be handled.

And the most amazing thunderstorm raged for about 10 minutes. Nothing like a good thunderstorm for energy revival.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Too cute

Worked in Bright earlier this week and on the way home lunched at the deer farm in Eurobin.  This was loitering in the tree when / where we parked.  Very round, very short legs, very pretty.  Obviously not destined for the pot.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


Idle hands (mine) make me twitchy, so I decided to look for knitting needles which haven't been used for decades - sure that they hadn't been given away.  But now I'm not so sure because I've just delved through four large boxes of things - things that were packed away 19 years ago when we moved; things which haven't seen the light of day since; things which show my interests haven't changed much at all in that time; things that show those same interests have not been pursued for nearly two decades.  That's a lot of procrastination.

Chinese and Japanese artifacts.

The most amazing collection of sewing gee gaws and decorations.

Tiny statues and trinkets.

Two pairs of exquisite shoes - in two decades those shoes haven't changed but the feet have - spending most days barefoot has seen narrow feet become somewhat spread under the weight of time and increasing avoirdupois.

But no knitting needles.

And no photos because after the oohs and aaahs of amazement everything was quickly put back and reshelved.  What does that mean?  No going back? Shouldn't these things of beauty be shared? Will they sit in the cupboards for another two decades? Why am I keeping them at all?