Beekeeping, Gardening and Quilting in Eastern Wake County, North Carolina

Sunday, February 27, 2011

A Quilt for Sweet Baby "Day"

My daughter asked that I make a quilt for Day's second birthday - her name is actually Day (an old family name) and they all call her Sweet Baby Day - the name fits her exactly. Just a cute, sweet little two year old that loves Elmo.

So I made Sweet Baby Day a quilt for her birthday. My daughter ordered a personalized Elmo pillow case and I did the rest. The back is a perfect "look and find" fabric.

Nuc #2

I checked Nuc #2 today.

There was still honey in the hive but very little and it was on the super. Bees are funny when they're in a cluster - the food might be right beside where they are but they won't move over or up. A couple of weeks ago there was activity in and out the hive but it must have been robber bees.

I just looked back in my notes and I've had Nuc #2 for several years. It's very disappointing to see this especially when you know it could have been prevented. I just didn't check in time and didn't provide enough food for this hive. All the other hives had a brood box and at least two supers or two brood boxes and one super.
All I can say is "shame on me".

Friday, February 18, 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Chickens

The weather has been better and this week - well, we're gonna have a heat wave this weekend! So I've been working in the garden and I always have a lot of help.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Old Southern Apples

I was in Pittsboro last night at a book signing with Lee Calhoun for his new Revised and Expanded Edition of Old Southern Apples. This is a comprehensive history and description of varieties for collectors, growers, and fruit enthusiasts. The new book features descriptions of some 1,800 apple varieties that either originated in the South or were widely grown there before 1928.
Lee signed books, did some readings from the book and then answered lots of questions and signed some more books.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Beeyard February 2011

Today the weather was good - in the 50's.
Rain and cold weather is on the way again.
The bees were out working today and they've been cleaning house. All five hives are active.

Thursday, February 3, 2011


Everybody knows Elmo - the fire engine red dynamo with the positive attitude and infectious giggle. He's outgoing and curious - a perennial optimist who's full of wonder as he discovers the world.
Elmo first appeared on Sesame Street in 1979 and was simply known as Little Monster until 1980-81. His personality wasn't fully formed until Kevin Clash began performing the character in 1985. Clash developed the monster's trademark giggle and positive outlook on life and Elmo became a superstar!