Saturday, 22 July 2006

bee gone

I am, almost-but-not-quite, cold enough to put a sweater on.

It's a relief.

Bad Things have been happening because of the heat.

The house has filled up with big, fat, buzzy flies.

This is partly because the apricot wine had a fermentation surge and when I came downstairs the other morning it was foaming all over the kitchen floor like something from Quatermass and the Pit. It is also because of a deceased shrew that I missed in the little room at the end of the house that B calls the Snug and I keep calling the Study. The flies liked both of those; oh yes they did.

I have washed the kitchen floor three times but it still makes that horrible student-floor 'stuchk-stuchk' noise when you walk on it.

B is on his way home from Newark, cross-country.

I have found someone who is selling Pekin Bantams relatively locally. And I am reading up about keeping bees.

Oh, and I've updated a website for a mate of mine. So not an unproductive day, all things considered.

The trouble with having those box-type wine dispensers is that you can't really keep track of how much wine you have actually dispensed.

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  1. ...until they're empty, of course!

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  2. ...until they're empty, of course!

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  3. And your point about the wine is what? When it's empty you open a new one.

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  4. And your point about the wine is what? When it's empty you open a new one.

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  5. I think there is a loss of perspective going on. We looked at the weather forecast for today; it said 26. Cool, we agreed...26! That's 'let's go to the beach'!

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  6. I think there is a loss of perspective going on. We looked at the weather forecast for today; it said 26. Cool, we agreed...26! That's 'let's go to the beach'!

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  7. when we are trying to be sensible/frugal/martyred we decant the box into an empty wine bottle.

    If you have a south facinf white washed wall that will help explain the flies too - they love them.

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  8. when we are trying to be sensible/frugal/martyred we decant the box into an empty wine bottle.

    If you have a south facinf white washed wall that will help explain the flies too - they love them.

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  9. Yes, She Weevil is right, flies are attracted to white or light coloured walls. They seem to use them as sun bathing spots. Also, we get them when there are cows in the fields across the road, they disappear when the farmer moves them. (The flies disappear, not the cows, that would be strange LOL)

    Lavender oil is supposed to deter them, but I can't say I noticed a difference when we tried it.

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  10. Yes, She Weevil is right, flies are attracted to white or light coloured walls. They seem to use them as sun bathing spots. Also, we get them when there are cows in the fields across the road, they disappear when the farmer moves them. (The flies disappear, not the cows, that would be strange LOL)

    Lavender oil is supposed to deter them, but I can't say I noticed a difference when we tried it.

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  11. Bantams! You need bantams. We have two Japanese ones (one golden, one black) and two Mille Fleur d'Uccles. Their personalities are...well, let's just say they have Small Dog Syndrome and are absolutely hilarious. :-)

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  12. Bantams! You need bantams. We have two Japanese ones (one golden, one black) and two Mille Fleur d'Uccles. Their personalities are...well, let's just say they have Small Dog Syndrome and are absolutely hilarious. :-)

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  13. Oooh envy envy about the bees, I've been dying to start keeping them for ages. I read Ted Hooper's excellent "Guide to Bees and Honey" a while ago, it's fascinating. The descriptions of bee behaviour and community are like a science fiction novel.
    As for the flies, a vacuum cleaner with a long nozzle will pluck any number out of the air with minimal effort on your part. Just be careful when you go to empty the bag.

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  14. Oooh envy envy about the bees, I've been dying to start keeping them for ages. I read Ted Hooper's excellent "Guide to Bees and Honey" a while ago, it's fascinating. The descriptions of bee behaviour and community are like a science fiction novel.
    As for the flies, a vacuum cleaner with a long nozzle will pluck any number out of the air with minimal effort on your part. Just be careful when you go to empty the bag.

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  15. You would get along famously with my wife. If its remotely close to south of 25 degrees she gets goose bumps and complains about the temperature...

    Chickens, bah humbug. They are a pain to round up everynight, ruin the garden and have a tendancy to be eaten by foxes...

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  16. You would get along famously with my wife. If its remotely close to south of 25 degrees she gets goose bumps and complains about the temperature...

    Chickens, bah humbug. They are a pain to round up everynight, ruin the garden and have a tendancy to be eaten by foxes...

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  17. Right. Dyson at the ready, I will strike tomorrow morning, and then put lavender oil in the burner.

    My other option to Pekin bantams is Silkies .... I *heart* silkies.

    I think we might buy the Ted Hooper book - everyone seems to recommend it.

    Boy - I don't really like the heat ... it's just that it was so much cooler in proportion to the daytime ....

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  18. Right. Dyson at the ready, I will strike tomorrow morning, and then put lavender oil in the burner.

    My other option to Pekin bantams is Silkies .... I *heart* silkies.

    I think we might buy the Ted Hooper book - everyone seems to recommend it.

    Boy - I don't really like the heat ... it's just that it was so much cooler in proportion to the daytime ....

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  19. Just as an aside - have you visited selfsufficientish.com ?

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