Sunday, October 12, 2008

12 OF 12

It's that time of month again! 12 of 12, the wonderful fun created by Chad Darnell. I've been on a hiatus from posting my 12's here and I thought it was time I get back to the fun.

It was a beautiful Fall day here in NE PA. These are the views from my back deck

I needed to work my bees today, I had to place some styrofoam insulation in the top cover, this will help keep the girls warm over the Winter.

My materials for the smoker, I found that Shumac buds and pine needles work the best

The smoker in action
My girls, well there are some guys (Drones) in there. Can you spot them? They are the big ones, pretty soon the females (workers) will be kicking the males out for the Winter

Last week I put a protein patty on both hives, giving the hive a little bit more nutrition before the cold sets in, Winter is long around here. Looks like they are eating it, this is the weaker hive by the way.

My little pumpkin today, he was looking very Halloweeny.

I got to work in my garden today, it's been quite neglected since the arrival of our pumpkin. This is what it looked like "before"

I found this little guy wandering in my path. What's the wive's tale about the Wooly Bear??

Here's the "After" of the garden, at least you can see the paths now

Thanks so much for stopping in and checking out my 12's!


J J said...

Love your little pumpkin and your garden looks great after the clean up work...

The bees are neat...

Pete said...

Wow you keep bees? That is a very cool and unusual past time. Nice work with the garden too :)

Hibe said...

Hmmm... Free honey. Well, not free, you have to work at it some I'm sure.

Could have gotten you a third hive going last year. I was fortunate enough to have witnessed a swarm forming from the start. At first it was a few bees just flying around... then more ...and more. They were coalescing and flying in closer until the queen must have rested on a limb in a pine tree and a half hour later there was a football sized ball of bees hanging from the limb. I went back an hour later and they were gone. Bees can be pretty cool.

Dogeared said...

How cool to see you keep bees! I like how the girls kick the boy bees out for the winter :P (well if the guys can hog the duvet in our world, what's to say the bees don't have something similar?!? :P ;-) ).

And those are some beautiful autumn trees you have going there! Lovely colours!

Helen (Dogeared, 12er)

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Oh your lil' pumpkin' is adorable!!! Loved your 12s!



ohh the beesss!! my daughter has been asking me about the science/joys of beekeeping.. i will have to send her over to see yours!!! glad that you are pursuing your passion!!!!
Your li'l punkin' is adorable!!!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Adorable baby!

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Rosie's Whimsy said...

Loved you photos .....especially of your adorable little boy! He looks so good in orange!

((hugs)) Rosie

Scooter said...

Beautiful pix. Love your lil' pumpkin!

NeereAnDear said...

You have been so missed... glad o see your back in action and what a cute little mommy you are and what a cute little pumpkin you have...

the garden looks fabulous



Alys said...

Wow, it has been so intresting hearing about your bees. Great blog! xo, Alys

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