Monday, November 21, 2011

Putting the Bees to Bed for Winter

We did this on the 12th I'm just finally getting around to doing a post on it...

We had a cold front coming through on the 13th that predicted 50 mile an hour gusts (and the predictions were true).  So it was time to get the bees all tucked in for the winter.  Last year we sent hives to sunny CA but this year we decided to winter them at home.

DH and #1 son got together.  They first went to #1 sons home and tucked his hives in (I didn't go so didn't get pictures of that) then back to our house to tuck in our bees.

Checking to make sure they have enough honey to get through the winter.  I'm not the bee person but I believe it was 8 full trays. 

We were able to 'rob' some from the super. 

vent holes
Too much moisture in the hive will wipe it out.


All wrapped up like a present in tar paper. :-)

snug as a bug in a rug

We still have to get the restrictors on at the front.  Mice can get in and destroy a hive.  So that is still on the 'to do' list.  DH has been very busy and hasn't a chance yet but will.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Games - Good Old Fashion Fun

The holidays are coming and that means school breaks, what a great time to teach some games. Maybe your kids know these already but maybe, just maybe, these are new to them. Either way they are fun.

Please Note:
WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - These games contain small pieces.
Not for children under 3 yrs.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Dry Cold Air

Cold temperatures have arrived and that means dry air.  Of course we have a kettle on the wood stove to put moisture in the air but it still seems dry.  This is one of the best remedies I know.

Mix 1 cup (8oz) of warm water with 1/4 tsp of non-iodized salt (such as pickling or canning salt) and 1/4 tsp of baking soda. Stir until dissolved.

A simple yet effective technique is to pour salt water solution into one nostril and let it run out through the other while the mouth is kept open to breathe, using gravity as an aid.  The flow of salt water through the nasal passage flushes the dirt, airborne allergens (dust and pollen), pollutants and bacteria-filled mucus.

There are many different neti pots available for this purpose.  You can also use a bulb syringe.  Remember to wash your hands and all pots or syringes.  Then air dry them. 
It's important to keep it all clean you don't want to introduce germs but wash them out while you are rehydrating your nasal passages.


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