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I really intended to get the first post of summer done on the first pick up day, but it wasn’t meant to be. Maybe I should say, “bee”, because when Mike and I returned from doing the Seattle deliveries, I found another swarm hanging by the greenhouse. This time was like having the second child—I was much more relaxed about the situation. I waited for a while, packed up eggs, did some chores, chatted with people while they picked up their veggies. After a while, I suited up and went to check out all the hives, since it was a nice, sunny afternoon. I combined the two partial hives that I split a couple weeks ago, since they seemed to weak, and one appeared to have a new queen. Checked on the others, which were building new queens. And then, worked on the swarm. This time, I used the tricks I learned after I lost the swarm two weeks ago, and they stayed in the box I caught them in. I got the stragglers at dusk. Only got stung twice. Here’s the new configuration. I’m still hoping for some honey this summer.
After all the sweaty bee work (it’s hot in that bee suit) we took Cosmo up the hill to cross over to Bear Cub Scout. We were socializing when Teo texted me, “Shelley the big pig is out”. That was an abrupt end to the festivities. We got home to find that Henry had tipped over the garbage cans and went walkabout. The ladies who raised him told us that his favorite food was Spaghetti, so I grabbed a jar of sauce from the pantry and headed out to lure him home. It worked, and he didn’t do massive destruction, but all a 500# pig has to do is wander through things to tear them up. The worst part was in our summer squash and cucumber patch, where he enjoyed pulling up our irrigation tape and walking on plastic mulch. Miraculously, he didn’t eat any plants.
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Summer Solstice is one of those magical days—the longest day and shortest night of the year. It’s perfect when it’s a sunny day, and it doesn’t get dark until almost 10:00. It’s even more perfect when it falls on the last day of school and we don’t have to get the kids in bed.