|Checking to make sure the box will sit height enough on the stand|
|Under instruction - removing the tape|
|The bees are released - Welcome to your new home|
Welcome home new little bees, and like proud parents we have spent the better part of the morning watching them and then invited our friends in for a coffee and extracted more information from them (and they thought we were just being neighbourly.....;)
Solar hot water update .... Yesterday it was overcast and raining so we flicked the switch back on but just for the day (the 1st time since installing it), it is off again now. The water heats up during the day so come night time there is oddles of hot water, the mornings are not quite the same. Up till last Friday during the morning I thought you could get one shower and have enough water for washing up, ok well that's all we need, can live with that.
The test came when it was a shopping day and us girls wanted to pretty ourselves up as well, which included hair washing. So what happened? Did anyone blame the other for using all the hot water? Who was the sucker that drew the shortest straw and had to go last???? As it turns out we had enough hot water for all, still needed to mix in cold water. This actually surprised me.
A milking update .... A couple of you lovely ladies have asked what I do with all the milk I am getting from our heifer. Well to be truthful, I only milk her once in the morning and then only milk the front two quarters (as this is about 2 to 3 litres) and then put the calf on her. In the pm the calf is allowed to have it all and then is let out in the paddock for a time to run and eat.
The bales and the calf are still in the yards which has worked quiet well to date, But it is now time for change and a calf paddock is right up there on the list.
Garden update ... The net over the strawberries is working and I have been able to make one jar of strawberry jam and have almost enough berries to make another jar.
The tomato plants now have small tomatoes forming so I will be making the covers to go over these beds as well, although this time I will not be so lousy and add a little extra length making it easier to secure down with the bricks.
On the farm we are busy harvesting ginger, sorting and soon will be planting. It is hot and dusty work but at least we have no trouble falling to sleep at night .......... LOL