The winter solstice marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. The sun appears at its lowest point in the sky, and its noontime elevation appears to be the same for several days before and after the solstice. Hence the origin of the word solstice, which comes from Latin solstitium, from sol, “sun” and -stitium, “a stoppage.” Following the winter solstice, the days begin to grow longer and the nights shorter.
The precise moment of the 2008 solstice will be Sun., Dec. 21, 7:04 AM EST (12:04 UT).
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The new girls have settled in and are having just the usual squabblings. They're still a little scared of Lily (of course, she just runs up and puts her face right on the wire).
They all have names - the darkest golden is Buttercup (from "The Princess Bride"), the white and black - Dumpling, the dark red headed - Lucy and the brown, of course, is Ethel. And that's Miss Minnie in the front of this photo - she is still the head honcho!
Not to be outdone, here's Ellie Mae with Dumpling and Buttercup.
I'm no carpenter but decided this weekend I could make a smaller box for my sugar syrup containers (the gallon baggies). The height of the box is about 3-1/2" and that gives plenty of room for the bees to move around and eliminates all that dead air space. It sure has been mighty cold so I added duct tape (the cure all for everything) to close up that crack a little.
And I added duct tape to the front of Hive #1 - a little gap there and I felt the need to help the girls a little.
I picked up my four new girls on Saturday in Winston-Salem at the Forsyth Fowl Fair. I got them from Green Family Farms near Wilmington so meeting at the chicken show worked for both of us.
I'm so pleased - they are just stunning and their feather colors are so pretty. I wanted "easter eggs" and that's what I got - Ameraucanas. They have muffs and beards in their facial area - a puffy look around their heads.
They're settling in with Miss Minnie and Ellie Mae.
I'll say Miss Minnie is not being very nice - hope she finds her manners soon.