5/28/09

News from around the farm

Taken after an evening storm on Tuesday, May 26th


After a week of no internet, I'm finally up and running again! Woo hoo! I received a new DSL modem today from the phone company to replace the old one that quit working. It's been tough not to be able to visit all my blog friends, but so much has been going on around here the last week I've hardly had time to dwell on it for too long. Hubby has been off from work this week and we've been busy building animal housing again, this time for the two newest residents of the farm....




I bring you-


Elvis and Priscilla!


These sweet little Boer-crossed goats took up residence here just a few days ago, and have already been keeping us entertained with their funny antics. They are brother and sister twins- Elvis has been fixed so he is very calm, but Priscilla (with the blue collar on) is very rambunctious and at times, pesky. She untied Hubby's nail apron while he was working on their little house and carried his hammer away on several occasions, too.






Dad came by this weekend to help us check our hives and said we were ready for hive #1 to have another "brood box" added, which simply means the queen is doing her job laying eggs and the hive is growing rapidly. (All good signs.) Hive #2 is a little slower and fewer in number, but Dad says they are coming along and will do just fine.

Here is a short little video I took of Hive #1 and thought it was interesting- these are the young worker bees cleaning the "flight deck" of the hive. if you watch very closely and focus on one bee at a time, you will see them going back and forth, back and forth- almost like they're mopping the floor!



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And as usual, some news around here is OLD news..... and getting OLDER every day.



*Sigh*

Well, I'm off to make my rounds and find out what's new with you- It's great to be back in BlogLand!

34 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you're back! I've missed you!

    I love your new goats, they are so cute. Love the names too!

    That is cool to see the bees cleaning!

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  2. I too love to watch my husbands' bees. They are very interesting and I could write a lot about my observations, but won't.....

    The goats are so much fun, aren't they. Elvis and Priscilla, like the names!

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  3. What a cute story about the goats "helping" your husband!!!

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  4. Hey Paula,
    The rainbow picture is beautiful!

    Elvis and Priscilla are both cute as bug's ears.
    I imagine the bees are interesting to watch.
    Have a great day.
    Pam

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  5. OH! I love the goats!!!! Too cute and their names crack me up!!! :)

    I absolutely LOVE the rainbow picture you captured! It is GORGEOUS!!!

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

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  6. Goats! Cool!! I'd like a couple for our yard ~ I just need to convince hubby to install some fence first!

    I think it is so awesome that you've got bee hives! I would never have thought much of it, I don't think, but I'm VERY interested in seeing how this goes for you!!

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  7. I love your goats! very cute!

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  8. Glad you're up and running, again! Elvis and Priscilla...love those names! I'm still astounded by your bees!

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  9. WOOHOO for your internet being back!! I LOVE Elvis and Priscilla....they are both adorable and I can't wait to see their antics!!

    The bees are just so fascinating!

    Hope you have a GREAT weekend on the farm Paula!♥

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  10. Happy to have you back!

    I love your goats and what great names. So cute.
    Look forward to seeing what else the goats get up to.

    Joanne x

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  11. Missed you...oh,,I;m so happy you have Elvis and Priscilla because they are already making me laugh.
    Beautiful double rainbow.

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  12. I'm glad you're up and running again. Love seeing things around your farm.
    I hope Elvis and Priscilla stay out of trouble. We had a couple of goats I named Bonnie and Clyde. I couldn't keep up with all the trouble they caused.
    Have a great weekend.

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  13. Elvis and Priscilla are darling, and I love the names you gave them! ;-)

    You're right, those little bees are going back and forth. I wish I were like Cinderella, in that I could call the critters inside to do my chores. Can you imagine how quickly those worker bees could clean a kitchen floor? ;-Þ

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  14. Elvis and Pracilla are very cute! Glad you are back up and running

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  15. Isn't it great to be back on line. Just as sure as the water is cut off, I'm dying of thirst! I don't miss the internet until I can't use it. The goats are great. Are they going to be comic lawn mowers or suppliers of milk? I love goat cheese! Great stuff. I love that your bees are doing great. Too bad there isn't a hive near my four lavender plants. I add two more plants every year and I just love all the bee activity. It's a hoot just to watch them. I buy honey everywhere we go on a trip. Maybe some day your will have enough to give away or sell!

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  16. Yay, you're back!
    Those goats are just SUPER adorable... I love having goats. Your bee video was very cool. I wonder if I got a bunch of bees in MY hive/house if they'd mop for me??

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  17. Glad your back!
    Elvis and Priscilla are cute! They should (and sounds like they already have) bring you lots of enjoyment and laughs!!
    The bee video was cool and the chickens..LOL!
    Tracey

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  18. You're always up to something! And it's never boring! Love the goats and the hens are a hoot!

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  19. So glad you are back!!
    Welcome to Elvis and Priscilla....they are adorable!
    Your photos are just beautiful-
    Blessings,
    Pam

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  20. That is such a funny story about your girly goat!

    I did not know that bees cleaned their flight decks, LOL! That's kinda cool!

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  21. Puala, your new goats are adorable and it sounds like they are full of mischief! Looks like the bees are doing well also. So glad you are back on computer! blessings,Kathleen

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  22. I have been reading your blog and checking out all your photos!! LOVE it, you have the life I so much desire!! Blessings, janna

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  23. Cute goats-and I love love bees!

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  24. And we are all glad you're back as well! I was down for a couple of weeks a little while back and it was pure torture!

    Elvis and Priscilla are beautiful! Sounds like fun personalities as well. I WILL have goats again one of these days. I WILL!

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  25. Glad you are back on....even if you don't have time to be online much it's nice to know you CAN be online if you want! ;) I have not been around much either...things are busy here with planting ect... Hope you can stop by my farm for a visit. ;)
    Have a sweet Monday.

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  26. What a beautiful rainbow! I loved the video too. I could hear the birds singing. I hope you take more videos around your farm. I would love to see them.

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  27. Your girls are too cute! They look broodily determined :) The rainbow is wonderful! I love spring storms that have a rainbow ending.

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  28. So the girls are still 'sharing' a nest! My geese are doing the same. It's so much fun to see what you're up to on that beautiful farm.
    ~Debra

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  29. Your new goats are sweet! They are a nice size...and quite good looking! Keeping bees is something I've never looked in to. You have some good help with your dad around!!
    I'm glad your back!!

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  30. O, my good gravy! I love-love-love Elvis and Priscilla! They are adorable! I have always wanted a couple pygmy goats. I shall live vicariously through your stories.
    BTW- what ever did you do with the eggs? The tiny blue?
    Thanx for visiting---I know what you mean about busy. Never a dull moment around here, either. There is always just one more thing to do.......

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  31. The Boers look great!
    I'm sooo happy for you! Our neighbor has Boers and I just love em! THEY ARE GREAT BIG FAT GOATS!

    The bee video was awesome!
    They doooo mop the floors!
    Hey, send em over! lol My corgis are not vacuuming as well as they usually do. lol
    Holykisses,
    AND WELCOME BACK!

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  32. Yikes! Life without internet hurts. Elvis and Priscilla are so cute. The bees remind me of the "scrubbing bubbles" commercial.
    Blessings,
    Lorilee

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  33. Glad to see you up and running again, girl! We've missed the Frakers! Those goats are so cute, and I'm getting such a kick out of those broody little hens. I'm looking for some local honey around Sand Flat Farm. My allergies have really been acting up this year and I thought I'd give local honey a try! Thanks for stopping by!

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  34. Hello Elvis and Priscilla!!! I find the beekeeping absolutely fascinating!!! Thanks for Sharing!!!

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