Showing posts with label 2021. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2021. Show all posts

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Our Bee Keeping Fun












Bees are not only fascinating but serve an essential role in the propagation and continuation of flowering plants, trees, shrubs and crops. Without them many of our food sources would not be able to thrive and in fact survive. Crucial on the pollination of many vegetable,  fruit and berry crops, without them we would eventually be reduced to the most basic of diets not healthy or sustainable for our own future.

Due to climate change and pesticides the numbers of all bee varieties and other critical insects such as butterflies  are dramatically decreasing and already affecting gardens and farms. Our backyards and gardens were once filled with the abundance of these frequently misunderstood little creatures.




Coincidentally with this international recognition and celebration of bees in both the dedication of a special day of recognition, my own family was  actively involved that very week in the saving and caring for a bee colony in our own little world. 

Our oldest daughter, Terin,  has always been interested in beekeeping and involved in making a bee home in her backyard in hopes that she and her partner might invite in a wild bee swarm looking for an inviting home. Unfortunately it never happened naturally and their attempts to purchase an established hive was unsuccessful due to overwhelming demand in their area.

So when a wild swarm flew in and began to bunch into formation my husband, son and I rushed into action and our desire to finally give her that wish of a bee colony of her own.




Not having a beekeepers suit, we created one out of an old tyvek "suit" used in applying insulation materials in our home building business. My new and never used "Mr.Clean" rubber gloves, my husband's super building tape to close gaps between gloves and suit and a quickly cut wire mesh face protector to fit in suits hood plus plastic goggles completed our son Blake's ensemble. 








With the use of a ladder, a lawn mowing grass receptacle bag to "catch" the swarm into, he had them collected in minutes  We had borrowed a neighbors discarded wooden bee box to hopefully get the queen and her workers a temporary home.

It was so great to be able to transport the swarm in its container safely and thoroughly further contained in a super taped and sealed large cardboard box. 

Our daughter was thrilled to finally have a colony of her own and quickly ordered a prefabricated bee hive kit online to be pieced together over the next few days to provide the much needed space for this wonderful hive. 




It was incredibly exciting and rewarding for all of us!




Pieces as they arrive in kit and units as she put the box layers into a suitable arrangement. 


Making bee syrup for food.


Piecing kit pieces together bit by bit using pre-cut pieces.
Finishing it day by day then-sealing it and then
Transferring our initial bee box into her own larger hive structure.  






This allowed the queen and all her worker bees to transfer on their own from the "super" we provided (and unknowingly loaded upside down for the bees!) Terin remedied that of course 🤣





These lovely bees were amazingly docile and so gentle when they landed on her as she worked 







🐝 Our little 6 year old granddaughter even commemorated the occasion with artwork!  🐝 




Oh, the blessings no matter the challenges! We are grateful we could do this for our daughter!





Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands



Friday, January 29, 2021

Night Sky Magic: Full Moon and Looking For Our Own Lion's Heart




Moon and Lion's Heart rise mid-evening January 29 and 30 | Tonight | EarthSky

On January 29 and 30, 2021, look up into the dark nights sky (and over in a general eastward direction) to see the brilliant waning gibbous moon pairing up with Regulus, the brightest star and Heart of the Lion in the constellation Leo. 
From most places worldwide, you’ll see the moon and Regulus by mid-evening, that is, midway between your local sunset and midnight.

The moon will be very near Regulus on the evening of January 29. By January 30, the moon will have moved onward in its orbit – cruising ever-eastward in front of the stars – so that you might more easily see the prominent star pattern of which Regulus is a part. 




This pattern isn’t a constellation. It’s an easy-to-see "asterism", or noticeable pattern of stars, in our night sky. It has the shape of a backwards question mark. 

Regulus, the Lion’s Heart, marks the bottom of the question mark pattern, which represents the Head and Shoulders of Leo. This beloved pattern is called The Sickle."


Hope you had a clear sky for the Full Wolf Moon of the January 27th /28th!

Full Wolf Moon falls in late January 2021 | Tonight | EarthSky

"If you consider that the winter season started for us in the Northern Hemisphere at the December solstice, the upcoming full moon is this season’s second full moon. 

In North America, we often call this full moon the Wolf Moon, Snow Moon or Hunger Moon. From around the world tonight and tomorrow – January 27 and 28, 2021 – watch for a full-looking moon to light up the nighttime from dusk until dawn. In the Southern Hemisphere, this late January full moon will be the second summertime full moon.







"Pay attention to the signs of the Universe on this day, and keep your sights set on the bigger picture. Know that if things are confusing, they won’t be that way forever. 

Clarity will soon dawn, and in time, you may even be able to look back on these events as necessary for the next steps of your journey.

Falling in the sign of Leo, this Full Moon will carry a fiery and creative energy to it.
Use this energy to make headway on any new or creative projects you may be working on. It is also great energy for allowing yourself to get motivated and excited by life."

Gratitude for the astrological readings and insights!












Shown above:
 Liberated Quilting 
and Freeform Flying Geese







at the post top:
"Changing the World"
2014


Purchased by Bill Volkening
For the Volkening Collection 








Support needed and so greatly appreciated: 

Fundraiser by Terin (Tiffany Erin) Bilyeu

 Terin's cancer fund






Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands