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Random hypotheticals

-It would be nice to try beekeeping someday, just to see what's involved in producing a given amount of honey, just to have a sense as to what's an appropriate amount of sweetener to use and consume for life in general.

-I bought some beautiful Dine churro yarn several years back, but there isn't a whole lot of it. It seems like it would pair well with some Lopi yarn for an Icelandic-style sweater, for the cold winters of the future - this pattern looks great, for instance. That reminds me that I should print out the pattern for my next project - this, but with four colors of yarn because that's what's in my stash. I need to figure out how to combine the colors.

-A list of things I'd like to grow in a future garden: sour cherry tree, rhubarb aplenty, blackberries, more mara de bois strawberries, blueberries (what about huckleberries?), could I manage artichokes?, what about an indoor/outdoor citrus tree. I am also thinking I should try to start up around 25 palo verde trees for the ants. I'll need to collect the seeds this summer.

. Back to reading and writing.

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Mar. 31st, 2018 01:35 pm (UTC)
My mom and her partner had 12 hives in the central district when I was little; unfortunately they all got a horrible disease and were wiped out when I was about three. But we had this treasure that we kept under the stairs: a five-gallon bucket of honey left over from her beekeeping days. Liquid gold. Sometimes I sneak in there and grab a spoonful - the crystallized stuff was especially delicious. The bucket lasted all the way until Junior High; I remember my mom pouring out the last stream into the small jar we kept by the stove. It was actually kind of a somber moment, now that I think about it. She had a couple great years in the early 80's (perfect summers and mild winters); she used to sell the honey to PCC to make ends meet after the late August honey harvest.

Our annual haul from the bees (relatively) recently varied greatly. One year we got probably two gallons (from two hives), another year we decided to leave all the supers in place to get them through the winter. It's been a rough go for bees in the Pacific Northwest. Winter hive mortality probably averages 80-100%. It was depressing to not have anybody make it through the winter. You spend the Spring and Summer seasons getting to know the colony (as they often have different temperaments) and it's rough to watch the mass get smaller and smaller as the winter progresses. -Sonja
Apr. 4th, 2018 04:45 pm (UTC)
Interesting to hear, Sonja! My dad had two hives up until I was about that age, too, and his bees also died due to some disease. He got concerned that his disease outbreak was affecting hives over at the Arboretum, so he stopped keeping bees after that point (also, my brother wasn't very good at respecting the bees and got stung badly at one point).

Do people know why it is that winter survival has been so low in the Pacific Northwest in recent years? A cousin of mine has tried keeping bees in Seattle, too, but I think he wound up disappointed after multiple years of losing his hives.
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