Friday, 16 March 2018
We had a short break in the winter weather recently. The sun melted the snow and temperatures rose. So the bees came out. It looks like five of our six hives have survived. The remaining hive will need to be checked more closely. Alas, the winter weather has returned though instead of snow, we are getting rain.
Another effort was made to use up the contents of our various freezers recently. In the process, we found a rabbit for last year which we decided to pot roast. The meat went well with salads. We then put what was left into a soup. I was less convinced about the results.
Thursday, 15 March 2018
We discovered an old pack of pork sausages in one of our freezers recently. They must have been a few years old as the last time we bought a pig was in 2013. They were clearly past their best but we used them to make toad-in-the-hole. Nothing wasted.
Thursday, 1 March 2018
Wednesday, 28 February 2018
The current winter storm may have dumped a huge quantity of snow on us but it has given us the opportunity to move the hive we put onto the Whinnies Community Garden last year. The volunteers who run the garden asked us to put a hive where everyone can see it. Since then, they have fenced off an area into which they now want the hive moved. The cold snap we are experiencing now means we can move the hive knowing that the bees will all be in it and will not be leaving it until the warmer weather arrives. In the end the job was much quicker than we expected.