Millstone Farm

14 Jul

This is the first guest post by my lovebug, Mike! Enjoy.

Last weekend I visited my Grandmother, Aunt and two cousins in Connecticut.

Me hanging with the boys

My Grandmother lives on an 86-acre farm that has been in her family for four generations.

Year – Unknown. Maybe a certain family member can chime in.

At one point she used to tend to the crops on her own but as time has passed, and knees have been replaced, she now has a host of different people using her land.

The field

Last year my grandmother decided to let a local youth group start a beehive. Naturally, while visiting, I was most interested in how the hive was doing. As Janine has been posting, our hive has been seriously struggling . So much so that J and I believe that we may not even have a queen anymore. Not to worry, hopefully we’re going to solve that problem in the next week.

The Blueberry Patch

Anyway, my aunt suggested that we do a quick inspection so that I could really get a sense of what a flourishing hive should look like. When asked if it would be ok even though we had no smoker, hive tool or suits, my aunt replied; “Of course, I rarely smoke when I do inspections.” Quick note: do not attempt to do an inspection – at the peak of honey production – of a strong, two-year-old hive without any gear. I wish I could write about all of the interesting things I saw in there but I can’t. Within moments, my aunt had a sting between her eyes, one on her forehead, one on her ear and I got stung in the temple.

Quick, get the Epipe. Sorry Avery, I couldn’t resist.

Completely unsuccessful!! I did, however, get my first sting of the season, a major accomplishment. My mother says I have not learned to respect the hive enough. Perhaps she’s right.


5 Responses to “Millstone Farm”

  1. Buzty July 14, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    love it as usual. What a beeeeee-utiful farm!!

  2. Honey Pat July 14, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

    when I was young this is exactly how I dreamed of having a family… A bunch of kids growing up on a farm with farm animals and a vegetable garden. Such a sweet picture!!!

  3. Emily Heath July 15, 2011 at 1:06 am #

    I’m worried for your aunt’s eyes. I got stung under the eye recently. It didn’t look that bad at first, until I woke up the day after and couldn’t see out of my left eye because my face was so swollen. It was extremely painful – apparently the second day is always the worst. And that was with only one sting to the face.

    Hope you both recover quickly. Anti-histamines (non-drowsy kind) will help.

    • Mike July 15, 2011 at 10:45 am #

      The picture was taken a few hours afterwards. The next day was even worse…I thought I would spare her some embarrassment.

      • Emily Heath July 16, 2011 at 3:59 am #

        Thought it couldn’t be long afterwards as you can barely see she’s been stung. Glad the worst’s over for her now.

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