Our sign in peace

Our sign in peace
Our sign in peace

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Did anyone tell the bees it's February?

So did anyone tell my bees it is February 23rd? We are having an amazingly warm winter here in Connecticut and the temps reached into the 60's today. I began feeding them a few weeks ago because we have had so many nice days I knew they would be looking for food when they were out. As you can see in the super sized pics I posted, the bees were out today and if you look very close at the bottom picture to the left, that little girl has so much pollen on her she appears to have it on her back making her look like a marked queen! They were bringing in pollen, most every bee was covered. This is going to be a very interesting bee keeping season!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Moving on and the return of "The Sugarbush"

 Many of you who read my blog regularly may have noticed my absence and many of you know why. On January 25th my family lost my sister, Laura. She passed away with dignity and peace on that day and left our hearts broken forever. I am finding myself lost and overwhelmed with so much to do and making sure my niece Cassie, her only daughter is o.k. She has been all I can think about.
Tim decided to tap this year which was the farthest thing from my mind...
 So he brought out the equipment and prepared for the maple harvest. The weather has been unbelievably warm this February and the trees are running at a fast rate of drip...
I really think this is Tim's way of dealing with his pain as well, he loved her as well. So he is keeping himself busy with a new coat of paint and a new smoke stack for the evaporator as well.
He has already harvested close to a gallon of syrup as you can see he spent most of the day boiling down and the backyard smelled amazing...as we try to push on we have to thank the farm for never giving us a break and keeping us busy as we continue to heal through this difficult process...