What sheer joy it was to pull on the shorts and raincoat this morning and to become soaking wet while I did all of my chores in the heavy rain.
Daisy was not so keen about leaving her shelter shed to make the dash into the milking dairy though. Precious girl, hates getting her face wet.!
The house rainwater tanks are separate so that we never run out of rain water for the house.
This is one of the tiny lizard watering bowls that have been appreciated by the many Skink lizards that are breeding in great numbers. While I was watering this mint plant, prior to the rain, I noticed a little skink dash out from behind the pot and drink the drops that fell onto the stones, so it was obvious they were thirsty and water bowls were needed.
Most of us supply water for the birds, but we must also think to place water low to the ground for the lizards, bees and the ground loving birds.
They arrived by Express Post and were brought home and placed into the hives immediately. Brian had to find the existing queens in those hives, and kill them before placing a queen cage in the hive.
The queens that we purchased were chosen for their placid nature and their ability to perform well in the hive. ie. turning out the maximum honey for the conditions.
And speaking of the conditions for bees, they are not good this year. Most apiarists in this area are resorting to feeding their bees, and we are also feeding. They love the over ripe bananas that we put into the top of their hives and the sugar water that is available in a trough near the hives.
We just have to keep them fed to get them through this tough time of inadequate flowers due to the extreme dry conditions we have had for the past ten months.
There will be no more honey taken from them this summer at this rate, which is most unusual and has happened only once before since we have been keeping bees.
Hopefully we will have a wet year forthcoming and have better flowering for our bees, but until then we will concentrate on keeping them alive.
Thanks for dropping by, and now if you could let yourself out and shut the door behind you, I'll get on with more of this jam making and preserving.
See you again soon. :)