Survivor II, SOBA ‘B’ Day, Fukashima


I blogged earlier about Survivor I.


Late last summer brother Mike asked me if I wanted a project. He’d got a swarm call and brought them home. Not short of projects I simply added them to the list, at the bottom… It was only a fist size of a swarm, doomed for the winter I figured. It was quickly forgotten about. I was surprised the other day, while checking out some other things on the project list, to see that little ball of bees had survived the winter. Obviously the insulation had to help, but we did have a long stretch of MINUS 0 weather! Talking with Mike about them, it was decided they’re to ‘B’ the new residents in the ‘pollinator Garden’ stump hive. The ones from last year in it didn’t survive.

IMG_0535 I’ll B volunteering this Monday at the monthly SOBA meeting to bring it for the SOBA B Day as an expo piece. (the chair).

SOBA B Day is April 19, please log onto their site for more      One of the highlights of this event is guest speaker Emeritus Professor Dewey Caron. I’ve listened to many speakers over the years, Dewey has always been my favorite. Whether you are a beekeeper or someone who has an interest about pollinators and our environment ‘DON’T MISS’ this opportunity to hear him! This is his latest book, which our family considers the ‘new’ Beekeepers Bible.IMG_0351‘Honey Bee Biology’, he will have them available at the event or you will find it out here on the farm at the Oregon Bee Store. If I can find it, I’ll B bringing our 1948 edition of the old beekeepers bible to the SOBA event,  Dadants, ‘ABC-XYZ of Beekeeping’.

Shoud’ve taken a picture of the two steelhead I brought home yesterday to add with the pictures.IMG_0526Oregon 2009 023Morels go good with just about anything. Never ate a bad one, no matter how they were prepared. To my great sorrow, I have to question, not only eating these, but the fresh steelhead I got also. Fukashima has disappeared from the public lime light. Worlds worst nightmare puking into our ocean every day (STILL), besides the air. Its now confirmed the first ‘waves’ of the radiation have reached our pacific shores. Mushrooms, like the Asparagus I’ll be picking this next week, are known as big sponges for radioactive materials. Those thoughts can curb an appetite… and then someone high up in Washington says “it would be too confusing for people if they could read a label showing everything in their food”… hum, don’t wait on help from those guys.

Yes everything is blooming now. Bee’s should B fine all by themselves right. (wrong) Our temperatures and rain have not allowed the bee’s to collect excess stores. The reason is because of their  high growth mode now. They can easily be consuming more than they can bring into the hive. tip of the week, check they have the food stores they need.




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