Beekeeping - August

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Somehow I found myself with just one child in the house and we took it as an opportunity for this curious 7 year old to do some beekeeping apprenticeship on our sod roof apiary.   I have determined the bees are not making any extra honey for us this year.  Which is not atypical for a first year hive.  I put a honey super on a couple of weeks ago with high hopes, but now I am just going to set my hopes to winter over this hive so they have a solid foundation for year two.  Even though our bees do not put us in the honey business, we do learn from them.  I was happy to share this experience today with one of my children.  He seemed to enjoy himself as well!


Garden Goodness

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Garden - 1 (1)When I am not adventuring outdoors with the kids, I find myself in the garden or kitchen.   August is the season for canning

and preserving.   So far I have put up dilly beans, cucumber dills, pickled beets and peach salsa.  I have been harvesting and drying chives, basil, oregano, rosemary, dill and cilantro.  The garden raspberries have started to produce and soon we will have red tomatoes.  Along with all of the preserving, we are enjoying eating right from the garden.

We are very pleased with our garden bounty!






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!