Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Jan. 31, 2018 is the date of the Blue moon eclipse.

The moon appeared this morning as a sliver of gray when it had been a super moon minutes before.  The super moon casts shadows in our back yard. 
The sliver soon disappeared, the darkest enveloped the farm.  Was it a cloud or was it the total eclipse.  I ran back into the warm house.  Waited a bit and checked from the window.  It was in the Western sky, just 2 inches above the horizon in my estimation. In 5 minutes I was back at the window and saw something.  Back outdoors I went with binoculars in hand.  Now I could see a bit of a slice of moon on the lower right edge, just for a moment and it was gone.  Another cloud, I was sure had blocked my view.  That was my fleeting glimpse of the super moon eclipse, also a "Blue moon" and a Blood red moon, it was setting and I went back to bed.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Feb. 4th Sun setting



Progression in only minutes.

I am standing in the snow on the West side of the pen.  Pokey on the left in the Northwest pen and Peachy on the right in the Southwest pen. 33 degrees Feb. 4, 2017, we are doing fine.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Winter observation of nests. 2017


This one of five photos I captured on Jan. 23, 2017. The camera shutter isn't opening completely as seen by the dark edges on top and side.
This nest appeared to be a sack hanging from branches, in the tree on the East side of our property.  It is also home to woodpeckers which have their nest in the tree trunk.
A squirrels nest appears large and secure on limb of trees.

In the common Lilac bush which is taller than I am.  Nest seems large but may be home to robins.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Bee hive in November is found empty.



Old log cabin, Fairgrounds Park, BE



Took a walk on the day after Thanksgiving at the Fairgrounds on a bright day near 55 degrees.  The park trail was devoid of walkers.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Fall of 2016.

Here I am at Seppman Mill near Minneopa State Park in September.

A 8 yr old Dun named Peanut I purchased in March, 2016. I changed name to Peachie.
I tried to train her myself, it didn't work out.  Then a friend, after hearing of my "spill" offered to help.
Kathy trained her in 6 weeks into a cooperative riding horse.  She still needs trailer loading help.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Italian Bees, purchased April 2015, produced honey the first year. They are surviving this winter of 2016. 
Our first hive was purchased from a BeeKeeper/ mentor.
It did well, and the next hive will be obtained from local Fleet store.
The honey was distributed to area farmers and friends/relatives.  None of the honey has been sold.
I rendered the Wax, in February on our kitchen stove. Boiled water and put the Beeswax caps and comb in.  When it floated to the top, I skimmed it off and strained it through cheesecloth twice.
I will weigh and post the amounts and photos.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Look at that Glen Campbell, Wow, he is something!
His song "I won't remember you".  What a giant spirit!