San Marcos Creek Villa is done, and here are the results of all our hard work…
Even on the farm there are times that making the house look beautiful are important to me. Every time I go to the grocery store, I want to make the experience a little better. Even when our ancestors used to go to the market there was a flower seller, so to honor that tradition, I bring home a bouquet of flowers. After I have put all the groceries away it is nice to make a couple of arrangements in the house. This one is one from a couple of weeks ago, but it is one of my favorites.
Just finished organizing my office, and cleaning it. The smell of the wisteria is wafting into the office. Better than the smell of the ducks. YUCK!
It is a beautiful day on the farm. It has been a crazy last few weeks. We have got 4 apartments done in 15 days. This is the first day I have had to relax.
Tomorrow we will be adding another animal to the mix, a lamb. He is pretty big, and we got to get him looking great for the fair. Gotta get back to work. Cleaning the farm is a big job.
We have three beehives on our farm, and I am the one that takes care of them. Visiting the hives and observing them around the hives tells me they are still active. Watching the little bees right outside the hive is fascinating. When it is too hot for all the bees to go inside, some of them wait on the side of the hive. They need to keep the temperature at about 96 degrees.
There are also the workers that are going along the outside to add propolis to the upper super. Even though our winters are not as cold as winters back east, the mornings get cooler in the winter months. I have read that the bee’s know that it is going to rain well before we do because the ice crystals in the air. I did notice the other day before it rained, there were no bees to be found on the roses.
I check up on the bees every week. I have read that they will become used to your smell, and familiarize themselves with your odor. I have given them water, but now I am going to wait until next week to see how they are doing without my assistance for water. Since we do have a pond, and means for them to obtain water I am going to how they do in the next week. Yet another experiment. I have lots of mustard planted, and lots of flowers for them to forage for pollen. I may be able to add a super next week if all looks well inside the box.
Today, when I ventured out to the hives I did not wear my veil, and I walked all the way out there. If I am going to open the hive, I usually take my “bee tool box”, and my veil. It freaks me out just a little when so many are coming at my veil. The last time I had no stingers, so none of the girls lost their lives as they hit my veil.
The funniest part about opening the hive is once it is closed. There is usually one that just continuously hitting my veil over and over as I walk away from the hive. It is almost a gentle nudge for me to get away from the hive. This weekend I plan on planting more flowers for my little friends. I see that they have found a lot of flowers somewhere above our farm too. They are pretty busy!