Ruth has been dealing with a very aggressive algae bloom in the pool and as the rain continues to dilute the chlorine bleach and the bugs fill the filter baskets being it would seem it is time to harvest some honey and do a bit of work in the honey house cleaning, painting of boxes, assembling of frames and making things look pretty. It is time to get some insulation to secure in the walls so that at some future time a window air conditioner will be able to cool the kitchen portion of the barn, what we now call "the honey house."
So, the bees have produced a very large amount of honey and the bees have populated so well it is time to split the hives and harvest some honey. So many bees...so little time. The week has blown by and Saturday brought a day of rest that included a family Geocaching bike ride down the S&S Rail Trails. It was good to ride my bike and not fall once. I did need assistance getting on and off of it, but the exercise was good physical therapy to be added to a daily swim. I can get stronger like a good worker bee. By Saturday we had harvested to full frames of honey. We were blessed to have a couple from Wuhan, Hubei, China visit and compare our meager beginnings compared to the giant operations run by her family. It was good to hear our choice of Italian Queens is the same standard used in China for calm productive hives. It is indeed a small world in which we live and all things are common to man no matter where on this tiny planet we live.
Thursday of this week brought us heat equal to 107℉ with humidity at 90﹪. Friday was a bit more habitable though we still observe the bees of the hives clinging to the outer walls wash boarding.