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by Monica Melograna-Ward

Category Archives: Sweet Saturday Bees

The crisp fall weather has arrived here in the Charlotte, NC region, and our honey bees are tucked into their hive; with a few guards wandering out to the ledge of the hive entrance.

The following photos are not breathtaking by any means. I am saving up for a Digital SLR Camera (My SLR is a late 1980’s Pentax Film Camera). These are taken with just an iPhone. And, my menace of a big, young dog (Barry) was pulling on his leash while I was trying to get a good shot.

But here is what I was able to manage within those parameters.

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Maybe next week Barry will be sleeping and I can get an even closer close-up pic of a honey bee or two. I should probably pull out my old reliable Pentax, use that “through the lens” viewpoint and have some old school film developing done. I think I have some good Fuji 35mm spools around here somewhere…

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Our honey bees were having a great Saturday out and about. And, they let me stand at the front entrance to take photos without trying to sting me.

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These were taken after one of my favorite Saturday outings – The Farmer’s Market. Whenever I go, I usually spend every last penny in my pocket. Everything is fresh and a lot of it is homegrown. You can get meat right from the livestock farmers.

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There are plenty of fruits and vegetables,

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flowers,

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and seasonal items; like this weird pumpkin that is now gracing our front stoop with it’s awesome presence.

It was a nice cloudy day with threatening dark clouds that never produced rain. I got out walking in the humid, yet fresh, air. It was a busy work week and the markets allow me to stretch out some of the aches and pains that I get from hunching over my computer all day.

There is a farmer’s market in our town down the road that I like a lot, but it’s slim pickings after Labor Day when it becomes a tailgate market. I also like the Dallas, NC Flea Market that is not too far from here. There are a few Hispanic run produce hubs at that one that I just adore.

But today it was The Charlotte Regional Farmer’s Market. Their website fails to show just how great it is. They have four, huge, covered, open-ended buildings with a few cooked food vendors outside too. If you live in the area, it is a must visit for the Greater Charlotte Area.

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Farmette 1769’s honey bees are no worse for the wear after Tropical Storm Florence last weekend. I guess I can take the tent stakes out of the ground now. Or maybe my shadow can take care of that task.

 

Our honey bees were out enjoying this hot, sunny Saturday. They had been doing this all day while I was at Carolina Chickenstock. It’s like Woodstock, but with chickens.

It is actually a large poultry buy and sell gathering that happens twice a year in Taylorsville, NC. It is almost an hour away from me, which is doable. Breaking an hour and a half total driving in a day is difficult for me. I have degenerative discs in my cervical spine of the neck. I have had surgery, but you fix one spot and the one below crumbles more. I broke my self-inflicted limit and will pay for it for a day or two, but it was so much fun!

I purchased a pair of white homing pigeons, which were being sold in pairs only. We only had one pigeon here since Petunia’s boyfriend was killed by a snake.

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This is the new pair. They’re gorgeous!

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The quad travel cage was still in the back of my truck, so Petunia came all the way into the garage to investigate the familiar sounds of friends. The new pair will stay caged for 2-3 weeks until they know that this is their new home.

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I was lucky enough to happen upon a Dark Cuckoo Maran Hen for sale. They lay dark brown eggs. Even though the nutritional content is the same, we love having the variety of colors in our egg basket.

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I stole this pic off the net. This is what her eggs should look like. We have brown, tan, white and blue egg layers right now. It will be great to have this color too!

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It really was my lucky day. I found a juvenile pied guinea fowl. We have two juvenile pearl, which are this color without the chrome aka white splashes. The contrast is beautiful, albeit hard to see in this photo at this angle.

I got up really early to pack up for selling, did a lot of buying and chatting, came home and got the newbies settled in, took care of Barry the giant, crazy puppy and a gabillion other things.

So that’s all for now – I’m tired.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

 

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Our Honey Bees (All fifty-some thousand of them) are doing well. Today they were in and out, in and out, in and out… gathering nectar for the present, and also as stored rations for the upcoming winter.

The status of our hive is stable. They are sticking to the main hive for their activities. According to some beekeeping co-workers of my husband, the reason our honey bees are not using the top additional, queen excluding, honey-access-only super is due to the fact that they are filling up all the space in the main hive.

They will likely not use the upper super until next year. I made indirect contact with a beekeeper today – one that keeps bees as a business – with 600 hives. I have his business card and was offered access to call with questions; about how to get them to produce honey outside of the brood/honey maze that is now the main hive contents.

It is fun just to have them. We’ll probably buy another boxed package of bees next spring; and have another hive set up in a slightly different configuration. It will be a set-up that encourages a “Honey for Humans” section.

Since this is a somewhat short article, I wanted to add something extra.

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This spectacular Yellow Garden Spider had a nice web amongst the branched leaves of our Yucca Plant. I am pretty pleased with this SE iPhone photograph. It was enhanced a little in clarity, color and richness, and I retouched these weird shadows along the tree line, but other than that, this pic is true to life.

If you see any of these spiders, please let them be. They are not poisonous, are great for pest control and help to keep a good natural balance for your outdoor space.

They are a bit intimidating, since the body alone is over an inch long, but they won’t hurt you. The insects in the web aren’t so lucky!

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