A new year and an entirely different ballgame. In my last post way back on December 20th I posed the question Where the heck is the cold weather? Someone must have been listening because that question has been answered. We got a healthy dumping of snow Wednesday 12/23/12 and since then the temperatures have plummeted with lows down into the teens and Accuweather’s “real feel” temperature being reported in the single digits. In the last week and a half our little homestead has been transformed into a winter wonderland. I don’t know how all of the bees are coping but the chickens hate it.
Since all of the snow arrived I have not had access to some of my hive sites. I finally made it to Site 01 one day last week. Though covered with snow all of them were humming. 1005, the hive in the middle has holes drilled in the center of the deeps. Some of the holes have been occluded completely with propolis, but I could clearly see bees in there clustered moving ever so slightly. Though the bottom entrances were covered with snow they were left alone. All three hives have top entrances so I am not concerned with snow removal from the bottom one. I peeked up under the telescoping outer covers and all three top entrances were unobstructed. I will be trying to make it to other hive sites soon.
I have determined that I hate not having bees at my house. I miss looking out my back window and seeing them there. Since moving them away in preparation for some 2013 splits some events have occurred adding to the craziness that will be 2013. This year we will be building a house and moving. During the last several weeks I have been going through the old dilapidated house that is currently there salvaging what I can. That will continue for the next several weeks during any off time. Along with that my wife and I are expecting a new little beekeeper in the early Spring of 2013. According to the latest ultrasound it is supposed to be a little boy. We are both very excited. There are a myriad of projects that must be completed in 2013. I have a list, but won’t bore you with it.
How am I going to get everything accomplished? Heck if I know, but as always I will find a way. To everyone I wish you a Happy New Year. I hope your hives are all holding out and you have interesting things to look forward to in 2013!
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