Wednesday September 13th, 2000
Mainly sunny. High 20.
First thing this morning, after our daily meeting, I filled 17 drums with the honey that had been accumulated in the tanks while we waited for the truck. Drums had begun to choke the warehouse, so we held the honey until we had space. We had hoped for a truck sooner, but yesterday was fine.
I showed a picture previously of this swarm. Today I went out and brought it home, intact in its window. We're thinking to mount it in a wall in our home, just for the fun of it. I don't know how it will do, since it seems to be starving from appearances (but not by weight when I lifted it).
I cut it out in mid-afternoon, using a Sawzall, then returned in the evening around nine when darkness descended and loaded it in the light of the full moon.
A sunflower volunteered in a crack in our sidewalk this spring and we wondered if it would survive. We left it alone and so did all the comers and goers who visited during the summer. As we can see, it flourished. and flowered and often we see ten or more bees visiting it.
Tonight: Mainly clear. Low 7.
Thursday September 14th, 2000
Mainly sunny. Wind southerly 20 km/h in the afternoon. High 26.
Today has been one of those days. We had visitors from Saskatchewan and France, then Adony came by in late afternoon to stay over and work on the experimental hives tomorrow. The phone ran non-stop all day.
Out in the field, the each crew got four yards done which is about twice what they have been able to accomplish previously, so things are going well. The honey house is full of honey and we will have to extract tomorrow.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 9.
Normals for the period
Friday September 15th, 2000
Mainly sunny. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h. High 23.
We extracted today and got a bit done. The warehouse is so packed that there is hardly room to move. I got some bookwork done.
Adony examined the hives and although the plot confirms what I thought going in -- showing dark comb to be the best, white comb a close second, Pierco third, and The black and the white Permadent in wood at last place -- I am told that the differences may not be significant, so I'll have to wait for further analysis.
By 6:30 PM, I was on a jet on my way to Vancouver for a second try at picking up the car. Ron picked me up and we went back to his place via Home Depot again. We picked up the car along the way and it ran perfectly.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers. Low 9.
Normals for the period: Low 4. High 17.
Saturday September 16th, 2000
A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of morning showers. High 20.