My order of bees should be(e) here any day now so I need to get three hive bodies ready for bees. I dug through my Grandmother’s stock of old bee hardware and found the best of the deep bodies. The paint was in VERY rough condition but I expected as much. Most of my Grandmother's old bee hardware is either in use or hasn’t been used in 20 plus years.
Saturday was another burning day. I cut, drug and burned all morning. I got the last of teh tree tops, some fallen cedar limbs from a snow storm a couple of years ago, old apple tree limbs that have been pruned out of the apple trees and anything elase that was laying around. In the afternoon, I cut the trunks of the trees down to a more manageable size.
This is the last major gap to fill up on the chicken coop. I have bought at foam piece that is designed to fit under the metal roof that will fill the gaps created by the corragation of the metal. On this type of roofing, the gaps are much larger than normal "Barn Roof" tin. So large, in fact, that rats and snakes can get in them.
I'm sorry for the short hiatus. We took a trip down to Charleston for spring break. A little rest and relaxation ...and to let out inner history geeks run wild. We should be back at it this week. I have a couple of post in the pipe line and I'll be getting Tammy started bloging soon as well. I also have a surprize guest blogger coming on soon to give us a different perspective on the whole homesteading scene.
Stay tuned. Great things are happening.
I started my Saturday by saving someone’s life. I will most likely never know who’s life I saved and it doesn’t matter to me if I don’t. I’ve done this for dozens of people, some I knew later, a few I looked them face to face while I did it, but most I will never know. Most of these people will never know me either but they will know that someone cared; cared enough saved them.
Our family likes to watch a show called Man, Woman, Wild. I won’t go into great detail on it; you can follow the link for that. In short, it’s about a Man (Husband: former Green Beret from Tennessee) a Woman (Wife: former news anchor woman from the UK) and they put themselves in survival situations. They show off some interesting ways of surviving in the wild and part of that is some rustic ways to cook food.
We have had turkeys for years but the past couple of years the coyotes have thinned their numbers greatly. So much so, that it is now a rare site to see turkeys. The other day, I saw this flock of turkeys on the way to work and they were magnificent. There were two big toms strutting their stuff in the middle of a hay field and about fifty hens milling around pretending not to notice them.
We haven’t had much of a winter in SC. Here in the upstate area, we normally get a couple of decent snows a year but this year nothing. We haven’t really had more than a couple of good cold days in row. …boy, the bugs are going to be unbearable this summer. Then, this morning we woke up to swinter. 25 F! I saw the temperature at 23 during the night but I didn’t have my camera.