Greetings all! This is Mark, coming to you from beautiful, scenic Oak Island, North Carolina!
The vacation is coming along...swimmingly (sorry..couldn't help it) although it was rainy all day Monday. It would rain, clear off, then rain some more. During one of the clearing spells, I got out on the beach -- thinking there wasn't that many strong UV rays. WRONG! My face looks like a beet, but I know that once it sinks in, I'll be all nice and golden brown. And you should have seen me trying to cook Italian chicken on the grill in the rain. It wasn't a pretty site..but the food was fabulous if I do say so myself. A crowd pleaser for sure!
I snapped this picture with my cell phone just this morning. It looks really cloudy, but the clouds are leaving and the weather forecast calls for mostly sunny the rest of the week. With a nice sunblock lotion in hand, I plan to get out and enjoy the beachfront with some of my good friends from home who are here for the week too.
Two huge cargo ships were anchored off the coast in front of our cottage all day yesterday, but they steamed off at midnight last night -- who knows where they were going. And this morning, while drinking coffee and enjoying the roar of the waves from our deck, we watched porpoises playing not far from shore. Least I think they were porpoises. I've been a little suspicious of the ocean and things with large, upright fins ever since I saw "Jaws" the first time. Maybe this would be a good day to just lay on the beach?
Anyway, I've been keeping up with the blogs since I have WiFi, and I see that you all are staying busy with your colonies. Although I'm not wishing my vacation away, I'm looking forward to checking on my girls when I get home. Hopefully they've been busy getting ready for the fall while I've been away.
Bee good, everybody! And talk soon!
ADDENDUM: My Dad called on Tuesday afternoon after they got back home to Reidsville from the beach. He checked around the house and walked down to the hive. He said they were flying in and out of the entrance like the weekend at a busy airport. I feel better already! I'll expect good things in the hive when I get home on Sunday.