Apple Bees…

The apple trees have been quite the buzz around here lately…
Preparing for landing....

Preparing for landing....

One of the honey bees giving us a double harvest...

One of the honey bees giving us a double harvest...

A big bumble bee...

A big bumble bee...

Pretty apple blossoms...

Pretty apple blossoms...

Friday Farm Daze…

Catching up on this week…

Last nights cotton candy clouds...

Last night's cotton candy clouds...

A Cuckoo Maran hen, who lays beautiful chocolate eggs...one of my fav's!

A Cuckoo Maran hen, who lays beautiful chocolate eggs...one of my fav's!

Bee food...a pretty apple blossom

Bee food...a pretty apple blossom

Us in color...

Us in color...

Big Mountain...

Big Mountain...

More busy bees...

More busy bees...

Smiling lamb...

Smiling lamb...

Todays foggy morning...

Today's foggy morning...

Gardening…

Well we haven’t gotten very far on the garden yet as we have been having some serious frosts still but on Mother’s Day the boys planted over 200 onion bulbs and Mark was able to plant the apple and plum trees, along with the gooseberry bushes!

Sawyer planting onions...
Sawyer planting onions…

The boys had a great strategy for planting onions, Sawyer would poke a hole in the ground with an old broom stick handle and wiggle it back and forth just a bit, making it just big enough for the onion bulbs to fall easily to the bottom when Garrett dropped one in.  They would then go back and pack them in. Pretty easy!

Mark putting in fruit trees under a rainy sky...

Mark putting in fruit trees under a rainy sky...

Shoes were optional!

Shoes were optional!

 

Garrett and Mark putting the finishing touches on the tree...

Hayden and Mark putting the finishing touches on the tree...

 

The tree against the sky...

The tree against the sky...

 

The rain just missing us...

The rain just missing us...

 

It was a fairly productive afternoon and we never got rained on, it was actually pretty warm!  We’ll be putting some peas, spinach, asparagus, and rhubarb out today and hopefully we can get our potatoes, radishes and few others out this weekend.

 

The bees seem to have settled in their new home quite nicely and were really active on Sunday too!

Busy bees working away...

Busy bees working away...

Last years bunch of bees was taken over by a group of angry wasps, but what a difference they made in our garden while they were around!  We are definitely looking forward to having honey from our own bees eventually as we go through at least a half gallon of it per month and also having all the perk benefits of bees in our garden!

Friday Farm Daze…

Catching up on the week…
Sawyer...

Sawyer...

 

Rechristened Butterscotch...

Rechristened Butterscotch...

Grey Badgerface Icelandic sheep in need of shearing...
Grey Badgerface Icelandic Sheep in need of shearing…
Bellah's beautiful eyes...

Our Australian Shepherd, Bellah's beautiful eyes...

Girls and Butterscotch...

Girls and Butterscotch...

 

Spring underway...

Spring underway...

 

Busy bees...

Busy bees...

Speckled Sussex feathers...

Speckled Sussex feathers...

Dugur (Great Pyrenees) and Hayden and Garrett...

Dugur (Great Pyrenees) and Hayden and Garrett...

What’s the buzz about? Peeping toms…

Trip to Murdocks=More Poultry
I *should* know this!
We picked up 6 little peepers on Saturday when Sawyer wanted to find a straw hat.  I didn’t  even have any little kids with me to blame it on this time!  ;-D
A little bronze turkey...

A little bronze turkey...

 

A little giant white turkey...

A little giant white turkey...

 

And then yesterday Mark’s birthday present arrived!

The label...

The label...

Teigen checking them out..

Teigen checking them out..

Mark's Top Bar Hive that he built

Mark's Top Bar Hive that he built

Mark and his bees
Mark and his bees
Mark removing the queen box...

Mark removing the queen box...

Mark dumping the bees in...

Mark dumping the bees in...

Happily in their new home...

Happily in their new home...

He even managed to get everyone into their new home without a sting!