We all walk ancientrails. Welcome to the journey.

Grounded. At last.

Spring                                                                       Planting Moon Yes!  Planted under the planting moon even if I couldn’t get the bloodroot up for the bloodroot […]

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Workin’

Beltane                                                                       Beltane Moon Flagged off my Latin tutor for this Friday.  Bees, garden, retreat, finishing Missing combined to soak up […]

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Bee Diary: August, 2011

Lughnasa                                                                   Waning Honey Extraction Moon Checked the honey supers this morning.  On the two package colonies that I do not intend to overwinter, we have approximately four full honey supers.  That is, we have for harvest the amount of honey they would have needed for the winter, close to 200 pounds.  Figure that 40 pounds […]

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Bee and Garden Diary

Mid-Summer                                                                                          Waning Garlic Moon Today I performed partial hive box reversals in all three colonies.  The second hive box of three gets rotated to the bottom and the first or bottom box rotates up to take its place.  This means that all the hive boxes have to be moved, so it is a labor intensive […]

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Week’s End

Spring                                                          Waxing Bee Hiving Moon Kate and Annie (her sister) are off to Omaha, Kansas City and various quilt shops in between.  When asked what they do on the bus (she’s done this before), she said, “Talk.”  Me, “No singing, no poker, no beer?”  Nope. Brother Mark is here, decompressing from a tough six months, […]

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Garden Diary: April 10, 2011

Spring                                                                Waxing Bee Hiving Moon The outside gardening season has begun.  Kate and I worked in the vegetable garden together this morning.  She (I’m in destructo mode) cleaned out beds, cut down raspberry canes, weeded and  pruned.  I worked more composted manure into the beds, then planted American Spinach, Golden Beets and Lettuce.  I also […]

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Planting and Reaping

Fall                                            Waning Harvest Moon The last forty bulbs, a monet tulip collection, have gone in the ground.   I planted a couple of hundred daffodil and tulips at various spots in the orchard, which we see from the table while eating breakfast.  The others, more daffodils and tulips along with a bunch of new lilies, went […]

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Rusty Latin

Fall                                                         Waning Harvest Moon Back into the Latin this morning with my tutor, Greg.  Boy, I got rusty in just two months off.  This language stuff requires constant attention.  When I went through college and sem, I took courses that I could set aside for weeks at a time, do a reading and note review […]

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Harvest

Fall                                      New (Harvest) Moon Second round of apiguard in the parent and the divide.  The top box on the package colony has gotten heavier, but I plan to feed them some more as I will do to the parent once the apiguard comes off in two weeks.  Sometime in early November I’ll get out the […]

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Grounded

Lughnasa                               Waxing Back to School Moon Finished digging the potatoes.  The crop seems smaller than last year’s, but I can’t tell for sure.  Still, we don’t eat potatoes often and we have enough to last us quite awhile.  Kate made an early autumn roast vegetable medley with onions, carrots, leaks, garlic, beets and one potato […]

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