Friday, May 1, 2015


Twin Calves
One of my best friends, "R", sent us this picture.  This is one of his father's cows at their ranch.  This lovely lady just had twin girls!  What a cute pair of babies they are!  It's definitely Spring, as there are a few new babies at the neighbors' farm next to ours as well.  Love to see the babies of any animal.

Yesterday the bees were fine. I  filled the feeders and took a peak inside.  It all looked good and they were building comb and hopefully the queens are laying eggs and the next generation is being created.

Langstroth Bee Hive
There were bees coming and going at the entrances.  A couple of you left comments here and then I saw on Leigh's blog about how to watch for beeS returning with pollen that they had gathered.  I watched and saw several of them coming in loaded up with pollen so I hope that means good things are happening deep inside the hive.  This weekend I'll be removing the excluder placed on the bottom and putting it between the honey super and the brood box, and then putting the frames in the one super. 

More later!


Sandy said...

1st Man,

Now that's a pretty cow and little ones, I love their color.
Your bee's seem to like their new digs, and they're going out working and returning with pollen.

Gail said...

I am so pleased the bees are settling in comfortably.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Leeanna said...

I'm so glad everything to doing well on the farm. The bees look very happy.
When you get ready to take some time off from work for a summer vacation, you should go to Fredericksburg to check out the Wildseed Farm. They have so much besides seeds to sell.

Delores said...

What lovely babies. Congrats on how well the bee keeping is going so far.

Colleen said...

Who doesn't like baby animals; they R adorable.
Tried to think of a couple of names for them babies but couldn't decide so thought I would post the names here.
These are names that are Associated with Nature:
• Esta -Tara (both meaning “star”)
• Storm – Salena (meaning “moon”)
• Meadow – Amaya (meaning “night rain”)
• Diana- Rishima (Moon Goddess)
• Celine- Luna (Moon)

Or more traditional names:
Twinkie and Cupcake

Buzzy little bees aren't they? Glad they are doing well.

Elephant's Child said...

Oooh. Lovely.
And cows have the most beautiful eyes.
Love that your bees are doing well.

langela said...

I love calves. They are so cute when they are out frolicking in the fields! What breed are those? I don't recognize the top knot on the mother. Not that I know much about cows!

1st Man said...

Isn't it a pretty cow? I love the color too. And the bees like their homes,, I hope they keep that up, ha.

1st Man said...

Thank you, it's a fun adventure so far.

1st Man said...

Thank you! Do you know that in all the years I've lived here, I've never been? I will have to do that. Thank you for the reminder!!

1st Man said...

Thank you, it's all so exciting and new!

1st Man said...

I should have asked you to help name the beehives, ha. Dang, those are great! I will send that list to my friend (not sure if they've already come up with some, ha). Thank you!

1st Man said...

You know, I never realized that, but someone told me that once and I looked and you're right, very wise looking. Thank you!!!

1st Man said...

Oh they run and play so much don't they? I love watching calves....they are adorable. This breed is called "Beefmaster". Yep, sad but true, ha.

Travel said...

Has someone shown you how to look for eggs in the cells? As I recall (it has been 40 years) they are shiny and glint in the sun, it is a few days before they are sealed over with wax to pupate. My copy of ABC-XYZ of bee culture is at the other house.