Saturday, May 23, 2015

Step 1: Find flowers
 Step 2: Collect Pollen
 Step 3: Return to the hive

The above cells are actually full of brood, which are baby bees. They are kind of ugly being a white larva. The nurse bees tend them and when they are ready they cap the cell and the larva pupates into a bee.  It's pretty incredible!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Welcome home

 Hello, welcome to the hives. They are full of busy bees, doing what they do best; keeping busy as bees.  Observing these insects for just a few days, I am intrigued, impressed, and truly in love.
 Meet Susan, Meredith, Lily, Rose, Charlotte, Wendy, Lucy, Violet, Ruth, Lorraine, Iona, etc.  All girls? Yep. Worker bees are female

 Where are the boys? Male bees are called drones and their only function is to fertilize the queen. Drones make up a very small percentage of the total colony. In the Autumn, the drones are expelled from the hive by the worker bees. Poor guys,

Saturday, May 16, 2015

All things made new

No more drab winter color here, only the bright blooms of the azalea, and greening grass, and the ferns unfurled.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

And the Garden Grows

Rhubarb, onions, potatoes, rainbow chard, parsnips, carrots, red lettuce, radishes, and kale
 lettuce & bok choy, 
 sugar snaps, spinach, more lettuce, beans, and squash

It is so exciting! I have a few small tomato plants in the ground as well as some summer squash and zucchini planted. I have two cucumber plants and four egg plants to get in the beds as well.

Happy Growing!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The picture above is from our first bonfire of the year. My brother in law lives and works on a horse farm. He had a bunch of winter clean up and invited us over to assist in case anything got out of control. It was a success and the evening was perfect.

And the beautiful sky right before dusk...

There are certain moments in my life that I just want to relish. This was one of them. Being outside, surrounded by this beautiful creation~I feel so blessed.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Food Post

My husband has made some pretty incredible meals lately, so I thought I'd share.  

Buffalo Shrimp Salad

The "Cuban Reuben" is what he called this. Slow smoked pork belly with swiss cheese & pickled red cabbage. It was amazing. The salad was a mix of sauteed brussel sprouts, carrots, and yellow squash.

Roasted snow goose with asparagus and a parsnip/celery root souffle with beet and sweet potato chips 

Thursday, April 30, 2015