Archive for December, 2014

Since mid November this giant Oregon Grape Holly, (mahonia aquifolium) has been blooming and it's likely to keep blooming into January the way the weather has been.  Most people can't believe it, but I'm happy to see so many of my bees getting nourishment from it.  How do I know they're mine?  I'm sure I recognized them. :)

Since mid November this giant Oregon Grape Holly, (mahonia aquifolium) has been blooming and it’s likely to keep blooming into January the way the weather has been. Most people can’t believe it, but I’m happy to see so many of my bees getting nourishment from it. How do I know they’re mine? I’m sure I recognized them. šŸ™‚

 

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My next log hive to bee...When I was puzzling over what unique carving I should have on it, what indeed, could possibly be a step up from Bee Beard or Bee-atrice, my paper salesman suggested my grand kids.  It didn't take me long to realize they would be perfect...if I could get the wood carver to go for it.

My next log hive to bee…When I was puzzling over what unique carving I should have on it, what indeed, could possibly be a step up from Bee Beard or Bee-atrice, my paper salesman, John Wise, suggested a carving of my three grand kids. It didn’t take me long to realize they would be perfect.Ā  I better check with Brian Vorwaller, the wood carver.

 

Measuring the log to determine how much surface area is needed for three faces.

Measuring the log to determine how much surface area is needed for three faces.

Brian Vorwaller draws the place he wants the bee cavity.  We've got to leave about a 4 inch thickness the  kids' faces.

Brian draws the place he wants the bee cavity. We’ve got to leave about a 4 inch thickness for the kids’ faces.

Some progress has been made

Hollowed out and ready for Brian

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On a bleak December day, we set out to rake in the golden harvest of the Tulip tree.

On a bleak December day, we set out to rake in the golden harvest of the Tulip tree.

I have to show off my new hat, of course. :)

I have to show off my new hat, of course. šŸ™‚

No noisy leaf blower for us, we'd rather do it the hard way.

No noisy leaf blower for us, we’d rather do it the hard way.

Who can pick up the most leaves?

Who can pick up the most leaves?

Me, of course...with the big hay fork!

Me, of course…with the big hay fork!

Half way done.

Half way done.

All done.

All done.

A golden treasure...to be parceled out to garden beds, compost, and, 'insect piles.'

A golden treasure…to be parceled out to garden beds, compost, and, ‘leaf litter.’

We made short work of it…

I thought you might like to see Steve Montana playing his banjo.

 

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