|Bee Lab and Florida Museum||Travel, Beekeeping|
Went to Gainesville for the opening of the bee lab today seeing as my name is permanently on the wall. The red of the Apalahcee Beekeepers sign is the observation hive room.
Also went to the Florida Museum while I was there since its a few buildings away. The have a nice butterfly area.
On the way back there were two accidents. West bound car on fire stopped traffic just a mile short of an east bound wreck that blocked both lanes and diverted all traffic on that side of the interstate. It was weird to have our lane stopped but nothing on the other side at all.
|I saw Parker Solar Probe from my house!||Astronomy|
Got up at 3:20 for the Perseids but also was lucky since they postponed last night Parker Solar probe launch. Was able to see the Delta IV rocket clear the trees between the church and cell tower when standing next to the sycamore. Got the crappiest photo of a rocket ever. Thats it up and to the left of the row of lights on the church building. Its only visible for a minute or two. Photo is at 3:34 3 minutes after launch.
Also saw 8 Perseids in the 40 mins outside.
|Bee disater day||Beekeeping|
Got to the hill early to inspect while it was cool. Found out I left the pine straw bucket open when i was there last time and the pine straw was sitting in water. Went to goveland to work there, first hive was fine. Second one overrun with wax moths and SHBs. Transferred it to a nuc and cleaned it up. Made sure the queen was in the nuc but they were doing a lot of clustering on the outside.
Decided to go home and get lunch along w dry pine straw and guard star. Back to the hill. Took 3 frames of brood from there to groveland. At groveland the messed up hive had absconded in the 3 hours I was gone. Still have to go back tomorrow and do more clen up on the infested frames. 60 miles around the lake today.
|Fixed more pages||817-221-8667|
Fixed more Amber pages. The broken ones will never end.
About 130lbs. Less than last year. The hill didnt produce (clear cutting near by) and didnt move hive back home. Extracting was a mess. Almost overflowed a bucket, swapped in a bucket with a honey gate the leaked, had a call about a swarm in the middle of extracting. Had 2 other buckets with cracks on the bottom or holes in the side. Left the nuts on the kitchen counter when returning the extractor.
|Moved weather station||House|
The temperature gauge and rain gauge have been giving me problems with running out of power. The trees on either side have grown up and are shading it too much. Moved it more to the center of the yard, I think that will help in summer but in winter the big oak might cause the same shade problem.
Apple harvest was early and weak. Only 4 gallons from one tree. None off the others. Made right at 12 quarts of applesauce.
Dryer stopped drying. Would not produce heat. Vents clean, tested all the switches on the rear and everything is good. Still no heat. Finally tore the whole thing apart, removed the drum and the motor. The switch on the motor had 2 pieces of lint in it stopping contact from happening when the motor was spinning the drum. What a stupid design.
|Fertilized the onions||270-472-7790|
If you fertilize the onions instead of ignoring them they bulb. Picked more large bulbed onions today than any other year, the only thing different was I fertilized them. In past years they grew great tops but didnt bulb.
Yearly house photos are a month late. Forgot to take them. There is a new apple tree, the old one died and I pushed it over by hand last year. Grapes are leafed out since its April. Took some photos of the beehives and equipment.