Monday, September 14, 2009

I'm back from the beach! Boy, do I have lots to catch up on!

Hello everyone! I'm back from the beach and sporting a really nice tan -- but now its time to get back into the usual rhythm of life here at home. Although I love Oak Island, its kind of nice to get back home to my own house, my own bed, and my own routine. I'll miss it, but I'm already planning next year's trip to the seashore. Its a year from now but already it doesn't seem so distant.

I was tooling around and looking for pictures for a show I'm doing when I happened to find this picture of a dog in a beekeeping veil. Sometimes when I'm working my colony I could use four hands too. Can you imagine what it would be like with four paws, err, hands? You could do all your work in half the time!

I did an inspection today and things looked superb. While I don't have time to go into the meat of it now, I can say I was very impressed with what I saw -- and I made pictures of the inspection so you can see the progress my girls are doing. As soon as I can get all my stuff unpacked, I plan on posting my inspection report, should be in the next couple of days, so keep an eye out.

Anyway, I'm glad to be back in the beek's fold once again, and I'll be talking with you soon!     


  1. Welcome home! Glad you had a good trip, but am anxious to hear how the girls fared while you were away.

    BTW, are you still seeing drones? Trying to compare Piedmont bees to Mountain bees.

  2. Good to see you Mark. Glad to hear that things are going well. Looking forward to reading the details.

    P.S. What is the altitude diffference and distance between Piedmont and the mountains, where Lynn lives?

  3. Welcome home Mark. Glad to hear it was a good trip and even better to come home and find the bees doing well :) Looking forward to your inspection post.

  4. Barbara: Thanks! Its good to be home too! The inspection report will hopefully post tonight.

    Cliff: My elevation here is 830 feet, so actually, Lynn is well over a thousand feet above me in the mountains. Where I live, I'm at the base of what is known as the foothills of North Carolina. Its amazing that I can't see mountains from my home, but I can travel to the next county to the west or the north, and start seeing small mountains. I am just two hours from some really great mountain territory, and three hours from the coast -- so I'm in a great position to go either way.

    Lynn: Always good to hear from you! I didn't see drones on Monday - but - I heard one that was being rather loud. He was inside the hive when I was pulling frames. I never saw him, just heard him with that distinctive buzz. How about you?



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