Saturday, June 25, 2011

a ray of sunshine today...hip, hip.....sheesh

These fools run around clumsily and I fear the eventual order of their pecking will be on the low side but they are cute, fluffy, blue and comical. We'll see.
These things have a very bird-of-prey look to them..lovely colors with their light green legs.
How on earth any pollination took place this Spring is beyond me, (several of the apple trees missed the boat), but here hang some peaches. I've already applied one dose of Surround which was something of a fool's errand considering it's been raining just about non-stop for 2 months. The ground is completely saturated and it squishes when you walk. Deep standing water in the depressions around the raised beds. Waterlogged takes on whole new context. However, given my druthers, I'll take this over Arizona wildfires or drought stricken Texas or truly flooded or tornado ravaged places to the south and west of me.
I've added a second hive hopefully in the nick of time. My bee man sadly lives far from me so this latest acquisition was a hand-off en route but it seems I may be having problems with hive 1. The bitch is that it's been raining so much and it's been so, well, cold that I haven't had the optimal time to open the hive, photograph it and send it on to my pro but an actual hour of sun happened today inducing me to take these snaps and next week the temps promise to get up into the 80's,(it's been in 50's alot lately), so maybe my vegetable plants that have stalled completely might just do that crazy thing we call 'grow' before the first frost kills them off. I know, I know..kvetch..complain but I defy anyone to tell me weather patterns aren't changing. I've been tromping around here for 50 odd years and I see change. One can imagine an atmosphere full of particles having a tougher time moving along as freely as it once did. Sigh.


Mr. H. said...

It has been getting colder and wetter the past few years where we live as well...record breaking wet, yuck. The leaves on our poor tomatoes are starting to yellow and the cucs have puked...that said the sun is shining today and it is supposed to be a hot July and August, we'll see.:) But still, and like you mentioned, better to be cold and wet than burning our being swept away by 100 mile an hour winds....or earthquakes. Yep, I'll stay in Idaho.

Your cochins (right?) do indeed look like little birds of prey. Best of luck with your bees. So glad to see that your peach tree is doing those peaches.

randi said...

hey yeah Mike..I'm keeping my pinkies crossed for warmer days ahead as well so maybe some catch-up will take place. That said the sun is shining today and I am grateful!