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Friday August 1st 2014

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We had a dandy thunderstorm after midnight, with a touch of hail.  I'll have to see how the stacks of honey sitting out unprotected are doing.  A bit of robbing is likely until the flow starts again.  A little light robbing is actually useful as the bees clean up the drips, but anything more than that means extra work for me and the bees.

The bees did not rob at all, even though we got an inch of rain.  It was enough that I found water in the basement shop and had to vacuum it up.

The pool is now up to 20 C. and that is a reasonable temperature, so I was in a few times today.  Kalle, being a Californian finds it too cool yet.  Jon was working downstairs where it is cool, so did not feel the need.

I looked down the lines of hives in the north and found six that needed more foundation.

I try not to put in too many boxes at a time when drawing foundation and prefer to pull honey to make room, rather than just add boxes.

Although we are expecting warm weather for the next while, one cold night could cause the smaller hives to contract and reconsider building comb at any distance from the brood ball, so pulling honey frames and adding foundation, while maintaining smaller hive volumes, allows me to provide sufficient room for the bees and nectar while conserving heat.

While we add plenty of room during June and July, in August, we begin cutting back on extra space so that the combs will be finished and so that we don't have a lot of unused equipment on the hives.

Hives will swarm if crowded even slightly in the early season, but once August comes, they seldom swarm her in Central Alberta.  The chief risk in supplying too little space is plugging the brood chamber and cutting off egg laying.  Also, outside brood combs get too fat and need to be flattened to be of much use in future.  Excessive burr and brace comb also may result.

The so-called grumpy hive is anything but.  I don't know what all happened, but it is just as settled as any other hive. 

I suspected all along that the locale to which it was taken did not offer good bee forage, and that would not help with mood, but don't know. I do know that there are no commercial beekeepers near there and that is usually as sign of something. 

I also do know it was a good hive when it left here and seems like a good hive now.   I have not bothered checking for a queen or cells.  It had a good queen when it left and if it has cells now, as reported, then it will right itself.

There may be a lesson to be learned from that disappointing experience, but if there is, I can't figure what it is.  The whole story makes no sense, so I have to assume that important facts are hidden from me.

The average man, who does not know what to do with his life,
wants another one which will last forever.
Anatole France

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Saturday August 2nd 2014

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Today the rest of the gang shows up here in the late afternoon.  I'm going to be busy. 

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Jean and the kids arrived an hour after lunch, while Kalle and I were over feeding the horses apples and sugar cubes.

We had a swim and waited for the rest to arrive.  Jon decided to go to the Redneck Superstore up the road a to look for a quad for Kalle.

The Easterners arrived around 1700, and leveled their motorhome.  We all had a swim while we waited for Jon to return with supper.

He came back an hour later with hamburger, and no quad, so we barbequed and visited into the evening.

I was tired and went to bed at 2000.  So did the Easterners, as they were still running on EDST.  Jon and Kalle stayed up.  They run on Pacific Time.

The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best
- and therefore never scrutinize or question.
Stephen Jay Gould

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Sunday August 3rd 2014

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In the morning, we visited, and I rearranged furniture and tidied.  In the afternoon, Jon, Jean, Kalle, Mckenzie, Nathan, Ken and i went to drum and hung a small show at the Canadian Badlands Gallery.

I have an existential map. It has
'You are here' written all over it.
Steven Wright

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Monday August 4th 2014

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The gang took on the back yard today and trimmed trees and cut grass.  Jon went to town and bought a SIM card for his phone. 

The weather continues warm and sunny, with occasional thundershowers. Predictions for Saturday are promising.

What a blessing it would be if we could open and shut our ears
as easily as we open and shut our eyes!
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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Tuesday August 5th 2014

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Emma comes today. 

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In the morning, the easterners went to town and bought groceries, then Ken and Myra drove to Calgary to get Emma. 

I spent the afternoon making a pond skimmer by the cut-and-go method -- no plans --  and got close to finishing the project before happy hour.  Bill helped.

When Myra, Ken and Emma returned around 1800 we had a barbecue supper of Italian sausages on buns outdoors. 

The kids were climbing trees and found ants working, herding aphids, a ways up one of the poplars, so I climbed up to join them.  I haven't climbed trees for many years.

Then we had a swim and everyone read until bed time.  I reserved a flight to Ontario for later this month.

Historians are like deaf people who go on answering questions
that no one has asked them.
Leo Tolstoy

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Wednesday August 6th 2014

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The day begins with a fog so dense I can't se the neighbour's house..

Predictions are for a hot day and hot days often begin this way.

I don't have any plans other than to tidy some more, finish the skimmer, and maybe do a little bee work.

I did not get much done today.  I vacuumed and tidied.  Ten people, two dogs and open doors make for lots of debris.

The day was hot and muggy, so I swam a few times.

I went to bed at 2300.

When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of,
he always declares that it is his duty.
George Bernard Shaw

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Thursday August 7th 2014

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I slept badly last night.  I fell asleep at 2300 just fine, but awoke a half-hour later and did not really get back to sleep until 0300.  Then I slept soundly until 0657.

In the meantime, I tried everything: getting up and writing a while, CPAP, Benadryl, ibuprofen, and even, as a last resort, a shot of vodka.  I think the vodka finally did the trick and I slept soundly until dawn.

Anyhow, I awoke early and got up.  I'm wide awake today.  Don't know what happened yesterday.

I'll be too busy for much Internet activity for the next few days.


 

He is indebted to his memory for his jests and to his imagination for his facts.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan

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Friday August 8th 2014

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I got up at 0657, checked the pond skimmer and went back to bed.  I awoke two hours later.

We cleaned, tidied, planned and visited.  I was busy skimming the pond, moving furniture and such.  The guys set up the party tent.

At right is a shot from the middle of the back yard.  Note the motorhome, porta-patty, swimming pool -- and the twenty hives not far away. 

The so-called grumpy hive is in that group.

Nobody noticed any bees around the yard except the odd one that tried to get water from the pool and went for a swim.  The boxes I tipped up a week ago are still sitting there if you look closely.  I've been too busy to play with the bees.

By evening all was ready for the memorial and the weather still looks great.

If little else, the brain is an educational toy.
Tom Robbins

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Saturday August 9th 2014

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Today is the big day.  Today, we meet at the cemetery for a brief memorial gathering for my wife who died a year ago on the 15th of August, forty-five years and three months to the day after were married.

I have a house full of family and expect to be fully occupied for the day.

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At 1300 hrs, we met at the graveyard and about fifty were in attendance. Even though dress was casual, I wore my black suit due to my station and Jon wore a suit as well.

The day turned out sunny, with a little fair weather cloud, a light breeze, and the temperature a little over twenty.

My brother and his wife from Vancouver and my brother-in-law from Sudbury were there as were people from Calgary  and Lethbridge, as well as, of course, the cousins from Ontario and my kids and theirs.

We stood in a circle around the grave and I asked the group to introduce themselves one by one and say a few words.  Everyone said a few words, except me, and no one seemed to notice that omission.  I really did not have anything to say.

This took exactly forty-five minutes and we all drove back to the Swalwell Hall. I stopped at home to change into shorts and a tee.  A few additional people joined us at the hall and we had snacks and coffee prepared by the local ladies.  We have no idea how many to expect, so there was lots and we had enough to last a day or two for snacks at home after.

From there, most came back to The Old Schoolhouse for a lawn party and supper.

My brother took over the barbecue and we all ate hamburgers under the tent.  As the day ended, people took their leave, a few at a time until it was just the twelve of us again. 

We lit a bonfire and the kids roasted marshmallows.

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
e e cummings

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