Wintering Over Honeybees

Originally posted on A farm for all seasons:
As we’ve updated you earlier, we winterized our bees this winter by wrapping roofing paper around the hive and supplementing them with some hard candy. We’ve had some very frigid days but recently we’ve had some record high days in the 60’s. During one of those unusually…

Cute as a Caterpillar!

Originally posted on A farm for all seasons:
We see a lot of the Woolly Bear Caterpillars up here in Wisconsin and supposedly the harshness of the coming winter can be forecast by the width of their banded coloring. The Woolly Bear Caterpillar is a fuzzy black caterpillar with a tan/orange band down the middle.  Folklore has…

Gardone Italia – Heller Garden

Originally posted on thehopefulherbalist:
Where ever we go on holiday – I will find a garden to visit! After a rainy Sunday, where we were content to read books and walk the promenade, we decided Monday was the day to exploreg. Purchasing a ‘Navigarda’ ticket paying a bit more for the hydrofoil but claiming our…

When April Showers…

Originally posted on thehopefulherbalist:
This I saw on an April day: Warm rain spilt from a sun-lined cloud, A sky-flung wave of gold at evening, And a cock pheasant treading a dusty path Shy and proud James Hearst (1900 – 1983) ~ March closed with a beautiful warm, dry day; a day for weeding, hoeing,…

From naked to now

Originally posted on Strawberries in the Desert:
The past week has seen soft rain, filtered sunlight and quiet enjoyment. Yes, quiet. Birds instead of building work. What a waste to have filled the minutes leading up to this week with dread of what it might hold.  The unexpected reprieve has brought crimson rosellas and wood…

Fall Back…

Originally posted on thehopefulherbalist:
The Sunday house lies silent still, in the half-light, a scattering of kitten toys litter the landing. Now I remember, somewhere in the wee small hours, Oscar was quite insistent it was playtime. No sign of him this morning though. BST (British Summer Time) has ended, my head tells me its…