Saturday, May 4, 2013


Well I managed to get almost 2 pounds of honey off of that frame! 

I also made this sign last night. I am going to hang it along the driveway, on the opposite side of where the bees are.

Also, last night, after putting a day in on the deck, Frank was down by the barn and the corrals, nailing on planks for our fence line! My husband is a very hard worker!

Later this summer I will be busy staining fences!

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Friday, May 3, 2013

today I played beekeeper...

Since there was no wind, and the sun was shining I decided to open up O Bee One. 

What I was mainly checking for was to make sure the queen was not in the top super.

 The bees had the frames  'glued' with their propolis, that I had to pry the frames off of the super. They sure didn't like getting jarred! See all the white stuff? That my friends is capped honey!! One by one, I carefully inspected each frame looking for the queen, and or brood.

Because I didn't open them up as much as I should have last year, they made a 'mess' inside the hive. I think I had the frames spaced  too far apart. They had built comb up in between the frames-essentially joining two frames together, with which they filled with honey. That dark yellow thing rising above the frame is comb.

I gently removed the comb, and left if it on the pallet. I read that the bees will recycle the comb. So I am hoping that is true. 

I should have checked the bottom two supers. I still haven't figured out how to build a cool smoke inside my smoker. I need to do some more research, but for sure next week, I will have to check the bottom two supers.

 After I confirmed the queen wasn't in the top super and that there was no brood or evidence of a laying queen-I put the queen excluder in between the second and the third super. 

 With both sides of the frames filled with honey, and each frame weighing approximately two pounds, and I had eight frames in the super, plus the weight of the wood---made for some heavy lifting! If this bee thing actually works, and I am slightly more successful than last year, I will seriously have to consider going to a medium super! I am not a spring chicken anymore.

 I decided to play grizzly bear, and steal a frame of honey!! Which the bees did not like! At all! I got stung through my gloves. My pinky finger looks like a fat pork sausage!!! 

I tried to evenly space the frames, and gave them two new frames to build on. Young Frank was taking photos from a great distance, and I don't have a bee suit that would fit him, because he was itching to get a closer look at the bees. 
I noticed bees with pollen in their baskets, which thoroughly delighted me! The only plants that are blooming this time of the year are the willow trees. 
I was going to make them another batch of sugar water to set out for them tonight, but we are experiencing water problems right now. So hopefully tomorrow night I can put out a new jar for them. 

notice the jar in front of the hive? that is filled with sugar and water at a ratio of 1:1

This side of the frame has a lot of empty comb. But do you notice on the left side of the frame, it looks like layers of comb? Well it is. This is one of the frames that was to far apart from another frame, and the bees filled the space in with comb and honey! 
Do you see what is in Frank Jr's hand? He is nibbling on piece of honey filled comb!Who is the bear now?

This is the same frame, just the other side. See all that glorious honey?! Yum!
Since I don't own a honey extractor, the hubby-Frank, told me his Grandfather would just scrap the comb off and squeeze the honey out.
So, that is exactly what I did.

The scrapped comb and honey.

I put the comb in a cheese cloth, and than I squeezed! Than I left it to hang. 
Which it is still doing.

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

cleaning, and building

The sun was shining beautifully today. Sitting on the deck, playing foreman, I was in a tank top, it was great! The house blocked most of the wind, but up nearer the barn and corrals where there are no trees the wind was a bit cold. It sure felt great being outside without being so bundled up!

Checked on Ike this afternoon. I didn't take the camera with me, but his wounds are ick! Madeline finally came home with a spray bottle. Young Frank and her are going to hopefully be able to spritz Ike with the Sweden Bitters. Than they are moving her other horses into the Horse Paddock just East of the house. Ike than is getting moved into the North Paddock, where he can do some grazing, and not so much fence chewing! The snow is melting in the corrals, and there is a lot of 'barnyard tea'. Where Frank expanded Ike's recovery pen, is now a 'swimming hole'. Standing in water is definitely not a good thing for horses's hooves. 

Ike and Ezio

Frank is making progress on the roof for our new deck.

I have radishes, spinach and green onions up in my cold frame. 
I don't understand why the lettuce is taking so long. My seedlings that I am growing under the lights in the garage are doing well. This afternoon I was 'playing' in my raspberry patch. I raked it clean. I strolled over to where Frank keeps all his fencing supplies, and snaffled onto to some re-bar that was used for electric fencing on the North-West quarter. I am going to put a fence up in my raspberries, to help keep those canes to be not so unruly. But I will have to wait a bit longer-the ground is still frozen. I couldn't get the re-bar into the ground!

Our six month old female barn kitten-I know she has a name I just don't what it is-was bred by one of the Toms, had her kittens last evening. However, Goldie our 9 year old Pomeranian, was stealing the kittens one by one and she was hiding them somewhere. So we are certain those kittens are now dead. Frank was saying that the little female, managed to save one kitten from Goldie. Goldie doesn't kill cats, she looks at them as if they are her children. Not realising that she can't suckle them!

The boys moved my bees out of the barn almost two weeks ago. Today they were buzzing around pretty good.

I took this photo the day they moved the hive out of the barn -April 24th.

 A couple of weeks ago, I gently put a pollen patty just under the inside lid for the bees to nibble on.  

checking out the pollen patty
I was hoping today to go inside the hive, to check things out. I would like to 'downsize' the hive and remove the top super and insert the queen excluder. I set up another hive, just in case O Bee One decides to swarm.  I don't know if they will, but if they do, I hope they choose the empty hive near by.

My three Jersey yearling heifers got moved out of the sheep paddock today. They were moved in with the cow/calf pairs. I am hoping soon that the ewes will start lambing. I have three that will lamb close together, and the others I think will be spread out over a great period of time.

 Makes me wonder, if I was able to get them sheared last year, if Lawrence would have had an easier time of find his 'mark'? Hmm!
 Just saying!

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Monday, April 29, 2013

the last few days

I don't know if you can tell in the photo, but it is snowing. Again. It has been off and on all day. We still have alot of snow.

The kids went to the far field, trying to get to the far North West quarter, and Frank's truck got stuck in the snow at the gate. His truck is a 4x4, but it was of no use. They ended up walking home about 3/4 of mile, through some deep snow. Both them were wet to their knees. The boys ended up using the tractor this morning to get Frank, Jr.'s truck out.

I went to the barn to check on the hubby. I hadn't seen him in a couple of hours, but I could hear from inside the house the banging that he was doing. He is currently making pens (jugs) in the one cow shed for when we start lambing in the next week.

I was trying to get a picture of Ike and his wounds, but all he wanted to do was check out the camera.

I did finally get a new photo of his wounds. Our Sweden Bitters is done steeping. I am hoping tomorrow, we can spritz some on him. Madeline cleaned-or tried to clean his wounds yesterday. He sure doesn't like his wounds being messed with.

 Frank made his 'recovery' pen bigger. He now has access to the waterer, and he is walking pretty good. We are hoping that in a few days, we can do some re-arranging with the horses, so Ike can get out of the corral.

This is my garden. Believe it or not. I have found something growing!

 My rhubarb is sending up new shoots. She survived the winter, the move, and living in a pot for a couple of months last year! 

All the chicks now have all their wing feathers.  Last week we had a chick with a pasty butt, which with some gentle care, we managed to get all the poop off of him. But to no avale, the chick died. We decided we better get a pouch of that medicated stuff that you put into the chicks water. We don't like using all that medicated feed for our animals, but we realise that sometimes, we don't have a choice. We haven't lost any more.

This is how the deck and temporary stairs are looking. 

I took this photo Saturday morning.

 The wind was pretty strong and cold over the weekend. The kids yesterday, found another tree on the fence line, that will have to be cut off, once the snow melts. 

Saturday, we headed to Grande Prairie to our daughter, and son-in-law's home. Cassierae was having a combined birthday party for her two children. Raena turned one year old on the 25th of April.

Cassierae and Raena

Raena, and a friend's little girl

Ben is turning four on the first of May.



 Ben, Olivia, Tayte, Auntie Madeline and Cheyenne

The grandkids, and Donny (a friend's little boy)

Fun was had by all! 

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