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Life Is Still Good

June 5, 2016

My last post was April 29th of 2015, 13+ months ago. Posting activity had fallen off dramatically in the months prior but my first attempt @ beekeeping inspired the handful of posts last April. The colony began to run into trouble shortly thereafter and I eventually lost it. This was quite a disappointment as it was the first major “un-success” I had experienced since this whole obsessive garden thing started back in 2009.

Add in the distractions and stress brought on by making a major change involving my “day job” plus an adjustment or two in our lifestyle after becoming true “empty-nesters”, and I just didn’t have the mental energy to come up with fresh posts. The garden itself had become a back burner activity and while things were still happening back there, it just wasn’t interesting enough to me to inspire any sort of posting.

But life is still good.

And as we’ve now mostly worked through these transitions and settled into this new phase of life, I’m back to trying new things in the garden. Over the last few months, friends and family have increasingly been encouraging me to reactivate the dormant blog, so here is my first effort.

What has been going on? This year I’ve been re-configuring the back in order to make space for both the Bee Hive Saga Part II and the salvaged window greenhouse project. The bee saga is well underway and the greenhouse now has a spot from which to spring (but final design is still pending adequate artistic inspiration, so just a spot it remains.)

More to follow, hopefully not another 13 months from now.

A 3 month old picture:

Bee Corral

The Bee Corral

 

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. Brent Eamer permalink
    June 5, 2016 7:49 pm

    Was a worried Bruce (Brent in PEI) Glad to see you are back in the saddle

  2. June 5, 2016 8:15 pm

    Hi,
    What a pleasant surprise. So happy to see you back in the gardening and blogging business.

  3. Mrs. Cohutt permalink
    June 5, 2016 8:52 pm

    πŸ™‚

  4. Cuzzin Gail permalink
    June 5, 2016 9:21 pm

    Try Ethel! This should get those bees going: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGyiuFZ7cs8

  5. Maria permalink
    June 6, 2016 7:47 am

    So pleased to read your blog again. Looking forward to seeing what happens with your bees and the greenhouse.

  6. Peggy de Liniere permalink
    June 6, 2016 9:27 am

    Happy to see your post…would love to see pic of the “fully garbed” beekeeper.

  7. June 6, 2016 7:32 pm

    Good to see you back. I’ve also stopped blogging. In my case it was triggered by my husband being diagnosed with cancer. A lot of horrid treatment later and they said there was no hope. He refused to accept that and spent time online looking at breakthrough medical research. He ended up getting some trial drugs not yet released here and it literally saved his life. 1 month ago he was officially in remission – long may it last.

    Sorry, didn’t mean to take over your post, just wanted to share that I too have had life interfere with blogging. In my case I’m not starting up again but I still follow a few blogs, yours included and I’m glad to see you back.

    Keep trying with the bees. We had a great year this year with our 25 hives – ended up with more than one tonne of honey! They are healthy and looking good and it’s a great hobby!

    Welcome back!

    • June 6, 2016 7:48 pm

      Thank you for reaching out – I’m sorry to hear about the cancer but am very pleased that it had a happy outcome.
      I have 4 hives now and will be reporting on them soon. πŸ˜‰

  8. June 6, 2016 8:00 pm

    We have bees too! Ours died last year too but they seem to be doing great this year. Isn’t the honey, especially in the spring, the most amazing you’ve ever had!

    • June 7, 2016 4:38 pm

      I’ll be making a series of catch up posts on this year’s successful (so far) bee escapade. Two very early 3 frame nucs swarmed, now 4 hives. (One colony in the top bar hive because I was out of deeps at the time. )

  9. yammerschooner permalink
    June 6, 2016 10:26 pm

    Good to see you posting again.

  10. June 14, 2016 9:05 pm

    I was quite happy to see your blog show up in my email again. What a treat. I see, from your bee corral, that you’ve done it up nice & given it much thought & attention. My bees are not quite that well cared for. I just have one hive at this time but it’s been booming. Over the last 6 years I’ve had anywhere from one to five (one was a swarm we caught) I kept trying to do the “no chemical” or treatment method but I think mites has been my biggest adversary. Best of luck and I’m looking forward to reading about your adventures.

    • June 15, 2016 8:33 am

      Thanks. As you will see in the next posts my bee adventures had barely begun at this point.

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