Inside My Beehive - late July

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7:24 -6Yesterday afternoon I took a peek into my beehive, to check on progress.   I found evidence of eggs, larva and many healthy worker bees.  There is nectar and some honey stores.  I did put on a honey super, but so far they have not made any honey to share with me, which is pretty typical of a first year hive, especially in northern climates.  I was pleasantly surprised with a picking of wild raspberries that were abundant on the sod-rooftop where we keep the hive.

I continue to enjoy learning about bees and local flowers and wildlife with the experience of beekeeping.  I hope you enjoy following along!


This is the way I love to do summer.

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Here are just a few snapshots from a lovely weekend exploring Voyageur's National Park.  With base camp at Nana & Papa's island home on Crane Lake we spent time this weekend exploring familiar places in Voyageur National Park with our children.     We went home with walleye, blueberries and sun tinted skin.  

A perfect summer weekend!


In my garden - mid July

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7-13 - 77-13 - 7Summer is being shy in my neck of the woods.  We have had a long stretch of rain and dreary days, but I am trying to focus on the positives.  Today I took a slippery hike up the ridge behind my house to pick some berries, then wandered around my garden checking out the progress.  I found some berries as well as green tomatoes, herbs that were ready to be harvested and dried, and promises of raspberries, beets and carrots.  In my wanderings I also found happy chickens and a tribe of small boys.

Lots of good things.   

I hope you found some sunshine in your day today!


the garden, the blues and the bees

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6:27 3After several days of cool weather and rain (Sunday we fired up our wood stove it was so cold), we finally had a beautiful day to enjoy the outdoors.  We filled it up with a morning outing to a nearby beach then more time outdoors at home, whereas this mama tended to the garden and bees then hiked up our back ridge with the kids in search of ripe berries.  I usually find a few blues before the 4th of July, last year at this time we found a few more than we did today, but we did find some!   It has been a great day to experience the sunshine.


Inside my beehive - mid-June

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IMG_3068Here are just a couple of snapshots from the workings inside my beehive.  They are making progress with their colony size and there are some honey stores (not much, but some).  I am keeping a close eye, monitoring and treating for Varroa in effort to build them up as strong as they can be.   

 


School Days - June - Minnesota Parent

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The June issue of Minnesota Parent Magazine is available throughout Minnesota and online now.  My School Days Column this month is titled:  "Let Them Play!" 

Megan Devine - Minnesota Parent Magazine

Be sure to check out all of the other great content in the full issue as well!

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Last Day - Michigan Vacation

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The night of our family vacation was spent at a harbor town a little closer to home - Duluth, MN.  We pushed through Wisconsin on a day that the heat reached close to 90 degrees.  We were going to stay in Ashland, Wisconsin, but the idea of spending an afternoon in the camper with hot and crabby kids did not sound like our cup of tea - so drove on and found a place to stay on Park Point in Duluth.  We were tourists in Canal Park with a different perspective watching ships going under the ariel lift bridge that could have been in other harbor towns on our trip.  

All in all we had a wonderful vacation!