Cats in a curve. Mary’s cat always looks slightly bad tempered doesn’t he.
Water play. Hosing out the pigsty has already turned into a game of who can get the wettest!
I discovered something very unsettling yesterday afternoon. An entire hive, my biggest strongest hive, is now almost completely empty of bees. The very few that are left in the bottom of the hive, are in a heap, sluggish and dying. There is no evidence of moth or disease. The hive smells sweet and is full of honey and brood, with room at the top to grow. I looked at them on Monday and they were heaving with bees coming and going really well. Is this CCD? The bees just gone for no reason. They have not swarmed, because even when they swarm, the nurse bees stay with the brood. It is never left to die like this.
I have read some articles on this but never thought this would happen to my bees. What a terrible blow. I need to have a think about this and work out what to do next.
However up we get. We will do some research and work out what to do with a hive full of honey and no bees. I can think about that on the run. Today is Retirement Home day. The Old Codger calls it Dog Medicine Day. Today we take the basket of chickens (who are growing feathers and not really looking their best) and Minty and TonTon to the Old Folks Home for an official visit. Signs have gone up around the home inviting any one who is interested.
I have bought Ton a few new softer toys for retrieving. So he can play with the old folks, without balls bouncing all over the place. The camera battery is charging and the slide show is finished. I am going to set up stations around the hall, so the ladies and gentlemen can move from the Lamb to the Chickens to the Dog Play to the Slideshow of Farm Life taken from the blog photos. They can pause where they want to be the longest. We do not have very many animals to take today but it is a beginning.
Good morning! I hope to have some photos of today – for you tomorrow, which I will post before I jump in the car, that will take me to the bus, that will take me on the two hour journey to the airport, to catch two planes across to California to cook a family dinner. I will show you how my Mum made pavlova!
Have a great day. We will have an unusually busy day. But there will be lots of smiles today!
It is after dawn and I can hear Kupa honking out there! What a peacock!