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=no power for at least four days from what I've heard.

storm was on Thursday, it's Saturday and there are no CL&P/NE Utilities trucks in sight :(

BUT

bees are okay

Siberian elm that's completely hollow at the base @ work is still standing


trees down @ home but none on our house

so refrigeration, flushing and an occasional shower is not such a big inconvenience (thank goodness a local cafe with power and wifi, and for my Y membership! and they're open late on weekends :)

ETA from the Farmers Almanac : Here’s the forecast for the 2011 hurricane season (between June 1 and November 30): Well above-average activity is predicted for the Atlantic Basin versus the historical average (based on 1950–2000 records).

The probability of landfall by a major hurricane is also above average. Factors influencing the hurricane predictions include warm and favorable tropical Atlantic conditions.


ETA 2: A "possible tornado" showed up on the Weather Center radar over the southern end of town of New Milford, Bill Jacquemin, chief meteorologist at the Connecticut Weather Center in Danbury, said Thursday.

"It's a very explosive situation," he said. "There were wind gusts of over 40 miles per hour at the Weather Center. For not even being the worst part of the storm, that's pretty impressive."
squidink: (Ika Bee)
not good for bees

not good for my tomato starts


not good for me
squidink: (bee)



"I stuck my head out of the window this morning and Spring kissed me BANG! in the face..." ~ Langston Hughes

My BEES

Feb. 18th, 2011 10:34 pm
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are ALLLLIVVVEEE!

I traipsed through knee-deep snow (yes it's been 50F but THERE IS STILL SO MUCH SNOW)... my bees are off in an unplowed field. My shoes were FILLED with snow and my socks were SOAKED but when I got to my hives..

I smiled



the ladies are OKAY and they were FLYING HIGH today



Elizabeth/Devine ( Carniolans )



Victoria/RuPaul (Italians)

so far so good.
I left some sugar fondant as a treat to hold them over

here's hoping for an early Spring!
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I was helping with some hives at a local arboretum when we came across this:

the dreaded HIVE #3

the Bartlett HIVE FROM HELL

This is ONE HOT HIVE. These bees are CROWDED and ANGRY.

We had finished working with four other hives when we got up to this one. A bee got under my veil and stung me on the cheek, some got in my hair and I got bit through my jeans. The other volunteers all got stung through their sweatshirts and on their heads/faces/arms.

I had never witnessed something like this.

Some 20 year beeks with full suits are coming over the weekend to take a look and maybe do a split, this baby is ready to swarm. Its been a hell of a spring, huge honey flows, and the second+ year hives are in swarming mode (mine are all new hives, I lost all of my bees last year along with many others in the area).

On the upside, it was an eye opener and a bonding experience. Picking stingers off of each others faces and brushing bees out of one another's hair.. that's the sign of true friendship. :)
squidink: (Elephant Hawk Moth - Deilephila elpenor)

carival squash from the garden

it got cold on Saturday, but no frost
the few remaining tomatos are safe! and the kale was covered

Braised Carnival Squash )

from Sugarlaws


and about my bees... )
squidink: (otter)
to do 'family time'

I'm gonna miss my honey, husband is staying home :(

Steve, the guy who owns the 'outyard' (where the bees are located) got a new job, he has to go to Guadalajara next week..

I didn't ask if he's working as a drug mule

I hope not, his wife would be frightfully upset.

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