Showing posts from August, 2010

Liquid Gold

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you might remember last year my Dad brought us two new hives of bees and promised to teach us all he knew about beekeeping. I was so excited about learning from him, since he has kept bees since I was old enough to remember. Hubby was a little apprehensive at first about beekeeping, (don't tell him I told you that) but quickly fell in love with the process of working with them and watching them work as well. Sadly, late last summer we realized something was terribly wrong in one of the hives.... only young bees were coming in and out of the hive and soon we found several piles of dead bees at the entrance. I was very upset but Dad assured me that it wasn't our fault and that any number of things could have happened. Then, after having a terrible winter this past year, we opened up our one surviving hive early in the spring only to find they had swarmed and were gone. Needless to say, I was heartbroken.
However, after talking to s…

The Woolie Gang moves in

"What? You talkin' about us?"

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, we finally finished construction on our new sheep barn. It took a bit longer than we had planned.... Hubby was only halfway finished with it when hay cutting time rolled around in June, so he had to put the barn on hold until the hay was taken care of.
You might remember how excited I was to soon be moving them out of their little 8'x12' shelter- it was just barely big enough to give them shade during the daytime, but having to lock them up at night in it and seeing them so cramped made me feel pretty guilty. (We have to lock them up at night because of several recent coyote sightings around here...)

So, finally- here is their new home!

This is the upper side facing our house- as you can see, they have a large open "porch" to lay in and catch a good breeze on a windy day.

This is the view out into the pasture. There is a large gate that you can't see in this picture that closes this o…