Friday, October 7, 2016

Views From The New Farm

We finally have moved to our new farm and the views are spectacular. The alpacas and sheep seem to have settled in and are enjoy the pasture with all the nice green grass. 

View from the back of the house.

The animals in the pasture

View of the sunrise from the front of the house.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

A Little Bit About Extracting Honey

Very quick and basic idea of extracting honey---

Pull your frames from the hive, place them in the extractor (I am using a hand cranked version) and crank. I check the frames every 3 or 4 minutes. If the frames are properly prepared and the day is hot enough the honey should flow quickly. I look at the weather for the week and choose a hot day (high 80s F to 90s F)  that will help the honey flow from the frames to the bottom of the extractor.

The above photo shows two frames in the extractor. I have used a bread knife to uncap the cells so the honey can flow out as I crank away. 

Here is one of the frames that is partially finished in the extractor. All of my bee keeping tools are packed and I wasn't able to properly uncap the cells very well. Some people use a heated knife. I prefer a regular ole bread knife from my kitchen. It works sufficiently.


This is a very teeny tiny video on honey extraction.

I will be posting more videos on beekeeping and honey extracting which are more detailed and organized. :) 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

The Karner Blue Butterfly

Butterflies and Moths-
The Karner Blue Butterfly

Last weekend I attended one of Master Naturalist courses taught through MSU Extension. It was on butterflies and moths native to Michigan. It took place at the Kent County Extension office and was about 3 hours long. It was fabulous and very interesting. I thought I would share one of the butterflies we learned about.

The Karner Blue Butterfly (Lycaeides melissa samuelis) is a native Michigan species. It is considered endangered. If you are planting a garden or expanding your current one consider adding native Lupine. Lupine (Lupinus perennis). 

You can find seeds/plants at the River City Wild Ones.…/

Or learn more about the Karner Blue at…/0,4570,7-153-10370_12145_12204-33…