Happy Easter Everyone!
I wanted to make some graphics with our chicks. The first one is our new baby Narragansett turkey, the rest are baby chickens an Appenzeller Spitzenhauben and a Buff Orpington chicken. The Buff is a rooster, I call him TreeTrunk because he has some big legs on him.
Yesterday I decided I wanted to dress up one of guinea pigs and do a photo shoot. His name is Nibbles he is super sweet although he does like to nibble on your fingers. He is a large piggy and weighs about 3 pounds.
I’m officially a graduate of the Caswell County Bee School.
I’ve always had an interest in bees and have entertained the idea of getting some bees someday, so when the opportunity came up to take a 10 week course in beekeeping I decided that it was now or never.
First of all, bees are pretty awesome. I learned a great ton in the course and came away with a greater appreciation for bees and those who keep bees. There is a ton of information out there and this class made me feel like like “Hey, I can do this!”.
At the end of the course we were given information about the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association and their Certified Beekeeper exam. I took advantage of this as well. This required joining the NCSBA (a $25/year membership) and completion of a written exam as well as a practical test. I took the written exam before our field day and passed that. All that’s left now is to get a little bit more experience and take the practical exam.
I’m looking forward to learning more and hopefully we’ll have enough bees to have some honey next year.
During the class the instructor told us about a local man named Dan who would have NUC’s available. I reached out immediately and got them ordered.
When I picked up my bees from Old Dan’s Bees I was super excited. We went through the hives that he had and picked out 2 NUC boxes worth of bees. That’s 5 frames and a queen for each NUC box. Got them home and got them all settled in.
Working with Dan was quite a learning experience. He’s only a few miles from the farm so I offered to help any time that he needed it. He has 5 sites that he has bee’s on and said that he’d love the help. Really looking forward to learning more about the honeybee.
Boiling Fresh Eggs
No matter how fresh your eggs are, you can have boiled eggs that peel easily. The key to making this work is the rapid boil and then lower the eggs in.
Fill your pot with enough water that it will cover the eggs the entire time they cooking.
Bring the water to a rapid boil. (Rapid boils is when the water is almost spitting out of the pot.)
Lower the eggs into the pot. I use a bamboo strainer/skimmer. It allows me to lower the eggs in without breaking them.
Boil eggs for 13 minutes.
Place eggs in ice water to stop the cooking process.
Once cooled start peeling the eggs.
It’s late fall here in North Carolina and the evenings are pitch black. Jason and I were sitting down to eat dinner when we hear Rusty the dog barking in the yard. Jason got up to see what was going on. I didn’t bother to get up since Rusty barks at the cat a lot when he can’t reach him outside the fence. I am about to take a bite of my dinner when Jason runs into the house and says to me ” There is a skunk down by the ducks and Marty is down there too!”.
I get up to go look. Sure enough, Marty the cat was following the skunk around the duck house. I tried calling him, but he wouldn’t listen. He was so curious about this new critter he has encountered. As Jason is following their movements with the light. The skunk starts heading out of the backyard towards the woods. He has his tail up and Marty is following right along behind him. All of a sudden Marty runs past the skunk and turns around to see where it’s at. Now the skunk is following him! I think they are just playing at this point. They continue to do this little dance of following each other. We decided to go in back in the house our since our food was getting cold. I wasn’t worried about Marty, he is up to date on all his shots.
Later that evening Marty comes in the doggy door and yep he smells like a skunk! Not bad like he got sprayed but more like the smell of a ferret. Well, he was needing a bath anyway, since Rusty likes to play and slobber on him.