Category Archive: Journal

Mar 22

First Spring Inspections

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It’s hard to tell by the calendar that it is only March.  For the past 2 weeks we have had weather consistently in the 70′s to mid 80′s and mostly sunny.   This would be the norm for late May or even June.  Needless the to say the bees are very, very active and have …

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Mar 11

New Building – Framing

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Just as the concrete was finished and our builders were ready to start with the framing, it started raining.   We sorely needed the rain because the honey harvest we poor and the golden rod and aster was the last chance to top off the  the honey supers for winter.

The builders …

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Mar 06

New Building – Credit and Funding

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Before I get too far into the building saga.   I should give a hats off (which is saying a lot coming from a beekeeper) to Farm Credit Services.   Without their help we could never have started this building project. We had attempted for a couple years to get a business loan, SBA …

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Mar 03

New Building – Foundation

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Our contractors started digging the footer for our new storage building in August.  That part went smoothly.   Their backhoe that was much bigger than our small Kubota BX22 made short work of the remains of the one tree stump we just couldn’t remove.  We had been chipping away at it for nearly a week …

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Feb 29

February 29th – 69F and Sunny

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The weather forecast was calling for rain, but it cleared out early and the day was warm, humid and sunny with a light breeze.   The bees were very, very active.   Unlike yesterday, the bees were virtually ignoring the dry pollen substitute I had put out for them.   A quick inspection of the activity told me …

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Feb 25

Old Barn Cleanup

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We were able to clean up most of the wood on the barn in the fall.   The foundation took a lot longer.  In part because bee season had started,  but also because of the weight and amount of the flagstone and brick foundation and concrete floor.   The good news was that there was no reinforcing …

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Feb 12

End Of An Era

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What goes up must come down. I hated to see the old barn come down. We had advertised the barn for sale for more than a year with no real interest at any price.  Even at $500 or best offer. (See the link for pictures before the tear down)

So it came time to …

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Feb 08

Unseasonably Warm Weather

We are just a week into February and we have yet to have the really cold weather one expects in Ohio for January and February.  We really haven’t had a prolonged period that has been below freezing.  Last week we had a few days in the upper 40s and even a day that broke the …

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Feb 06

Website Updates

I’m working on redoing the entire website using the wordpress engine.   I’ve simply outgrown the old software and wordpress has evolved significantly over the past several years.    I don’t really care for the current look and will hopefully be changing it over the coming weeks.   Any feedback (good or bad) is welcome.

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Feb 02

Long Break

It’s been entirely too long since I’ve had a change to post any updates here.  Beekeeping and life in general was just too much to do and have time to update the website.  My wife complains that I can never say no… and I suppose it’s true to a point.  I’m now also secretary of …

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