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Boo Boo’s and Honey

When we first moved to the country it was a little bit of a transition. I had only visited relatives that lived in the country, and had no experience being a country girl. Ya know, you live and you learn. One of my big lessons was never take both of the Cane Corsi out for a walk on a leash at the same time in moccasins.

It was late at night, the wind was blowing cool air in all the French doors. There was the sound of the crickets, and the chirping of the frogs that seemed to sing to us. The chickens are quiet at night, I am guessing it is a survival instinct.

The girls went to the door, and put their huge paws on the door to indicate they wanted to go outside. Everyone was tired, and no one really wanted to walk the dogs. I thought…I just take both of them at the same time. It started off fine. We were walking down our own county road when all the sudden Saddie barked at something hiding in the shadows. I could not see what it was, but both of them were getting harder to hold. Sadie ran after what ever it was, and I tried to hold on to the leash. The two of them drug me over the rocks for a few seconds. I was lying on the road with my pride injured more than my body. Sheba would not leave my side when she heard me moan in pain. She helped me back up, and I limped to the kitchen.

I cleaned up my legs, one of them was more damaged than the other one. I added honey to a wet wash cloth, and then put ice packs over it. Many years ago I read how the Egyptians used honey as an antibacterial shield. I used this method everyday for the whole week. Since my leg was pretty swollen from the road rash. Here is what my leg looked like after the incident. So, after this, I did not walk the two girls together again. Today, is their 9th birthday! Happy Birthday Sadie and Sheba. I still have no idea what Sadie went after that evening, but she came back safe!

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Sad News

Last week as we were finishing up all our farm chores for the fall, my friend Martha and I went to visit the bee hives. We don’t suit up until we are close to the hives. We got a couple of extra supers (extra  boxes that go on top of the hive) in the back of the Kubota. We talked as we went out to the hives, and once we got there, we saw there was not much activity. We didn’t even have to light the smoker or don our bee suits. We walked over and took off the lid to find that the bees were dead. All the bees in the hive were just a pile of bodies. dead bees We were optimistic about the last hive, thinking it may have some live bees in the hive. We opened it to more bodies, the only bees that were in the hive were robber bees. We clean the bee boxes, and then left the bee boxes open for the robber bees to obtain as much honey that was left there. It is a heartbreaking scene for sure. We are not sure if it was starvation, or if it was pesticides. There was so much mustard growing last year, but this year the whole area was just very dry.

We will just wait to see if we get the promised rain, and if we do, we will have more hives. Sometimes, farm life is not fun.

Wine Wednesday

Our Progress

Here is why I haven’t had time to blog at 3am. Winery Our new towels.IMG_7761Yummy lemon honey.  IMG_7745 The green suite. IMG_7742The blue suite.  IMG_7751  The grigio suite. IMG_7724New coasters to offer in the tasting room. IMG_7755Furniture for “Reale Leone”.  IMG_7726 Cookies from Italy. IMG_7757 The fountain, and the bocce court. IMG_7758 Paso is for wine. IMG_7738 Another place to retreat.  IMG_7720Our mural with more yummy items for sale.