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

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

A Quilt for Marsha

Marsha is my animal sitter.  She lives nearby and passes my house on her way to and from work so it's not so inconvenient for her to stop off and feed Lily, Roxy, Little Kitty and the chickens.  She's honest and dependable and I never worry about my four legged children (well, two for the chickens).
So I made Marsha a quilt as a special thank you.

This quilt is based loosely on a pattern I saw on the internet - lots of scraps with all kinds of animals but mainly cats and dogs.  Marsha's favorite color blue for the border.  The backing are those silly chickens with a fence on each side of what should be green grass. It's a bright and happy quilt - makes me smile when I look at it.  I made one for me too!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

My Favorite Company

My special company today - the best gift a Grandparent can get at any time! 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

She's Here

She's here and adorable!
Born December 5, 2012 and weighing 8 lbs and 1 ounce.

Mom and Baby are doing fine and so are Baby Boy, Dad and Cody (the dog).

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

December Check

Today Mr. Ellis and Jess came over to do a winter check up and socialize a little.  The bottom brood box was removed from Hive #6, Nuc #3, Nuc #1 and Swarm Hive.  There was very little if any honey in the bottom brood boxes.  So top brood box was put on the bottom and the super was put back on the hive.  Lots of honey in brood boxes and supers.  Hive #4 - left everything like it was - will check all hives again in Dec. weather permitting.
On the swarm hive, the bees made rows/columns not sure what to call them (it looks like worms) in the space between the brood boxes.  I don't remember where I got this brood box from but it's not quite right.  Mr. Ellis will cut off some of the bottom to make it the right height.  Took an empty brood box and just moved everybody over for a good fit.

Good day to check bees - we're having warm weather right now.
I'll leave the brood boxes out for a day or two then stack them for the winter.     

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Egg . . . . citing

Little bitty eggs!  They are about the size of a bantam egg.  There was another one today and it was a little bigger. 
I'm thinking it's Elly Mae.  The girls are happy and eating like a house on fire but not producing.
I'm not eating these little things - I'll wait for regular size. 
Lily loves these little eggs - it's a great treat for her.