Solstice Eve! Garden and Food

Bee Box Maintenance

As previously reported by our local newspaper, David gathers bees when they swarm. He is on a police dispatch call list when a swarm is discovered, they call him and he goes and gets the bees.

He got a new swarm two days ago and that necessitated cleaning out some of bee boxes so the news bees (along with an active hive already here) could have more room.

In the picture gallery above, you can see the frames that hold the honeycomb in what is called a “super” from a bee box. A super is a square, wooden box that holds a collections of frames. The bees make honeycomb on the frames. A super with frames is basically a one-story module in a multi-story bee box that a hive lives in. Supers get added on top of one another as the bees grow and make more honey. When extracting honey, a super is removed, the frames are pulled out and put into an extractor and spun so the honey comes out of the honeycomb. Then the frames are returned to the super, wax intact, and the super is put back in place if the bees still need it.

The wax pictured above is dark brown — that’s what happens to it when it gets old and there’s no honey in it. In one picture above you can see the terrible damage that wax worms do to beehives. They actually killed both of our bee hives from last year. That wax, and possibly all the frames, will need to be destroyed, unfortunately.

Still Sawing on the Massive Oak that Broke Apart Last Year

Click on a photo in the gallery below to see a larger version without the caption.

For a look at what the tree looked like before we started working on it, see our post last year: https://twobucksranch.com/2018/03/31/getting-to-next-winters-firewood/

Goats Kids Turn the Pipes into a Playground

Thinking about going into the pipe …
going into the pipe …
coming out of the pipe …
Proud!
Momma says, “I got my eye on you … “
Rocky and Espresso on play break in a cool spot.
While some play on the pipes, Boy Story is crawling under the livestock trailer, Spot is getting some lovin’, Paul is playing on the spool with his momma in the background, and Ayla just checking it all out.

Planning Ahead … A Project for Next Winter

This is a portion of the small hand of a Scottish, Victorian, Long Case, Grandfather clock from around 1850. Check out the thistle!

This is the dusty old clock we found today. Isn’t it a beauty?
A closer look at the face of the clock.
Apparently, the pendulum once had a beautifully hand-painted thistle — some of it is still visible.

After a good cleaning, some repair on the wood case, we think this will be a fine, functioning antique clock. We will not attempt to monkey with the painted face or pendulum. After nearly 200 years, some things deserve a little patina!

Here’s a similar clock, in excellent condition, that sold for many thousands of British pounds: https://lapada.org/art-and-antiques/early-victorian-scottish-grandfather-clock-by-john-pringle-of-earlston/