Thursday, 10 May 2007

crumbs of comfort

My brain's a bit sluggish this week, sorry.

There have been Some Things happening though.

For example:

  1. There is another swarm of bees in exactly the same place in the garden. Yes. That's right. ANOTHER SWARM OF BEES. Gah. They swarmed on Sunday morning when it was warm, sunny and still. Since Sunday afternoon it has been chilly, breezy and rainy, all guaranteed to make your average swarm of bees grumpy in the extreme. And your average bee-keeper, to be honest. B had three goes at catching them, failed miserably and has now gone to Birmingham for the week in relief. I have promised not to don the bee suit and climb the bank in his absence in view of the fact that my sense balance is completely screwed - all the weight has gone from my bottom and migrated to the bump. It feels very odd.

    This morning the bees were still there, huddled under the tree-stump. I am hoping that a friend who is a bee-wise will be able to come round on Saturday and collect them up and take them away - six hives of bees would just be ridiculous at this stage.

  2. I am developing a social life! Courtesy of downsizer.net. There are four of us who live in the Welshpool area and yesterday we met up for lunch and discussion about killing poultry, making cakes, pickling eggs and What To Do With Too Much Rhubarb.
  3. This morning I was up at 7am slicing rhubarb for wine. I also cleaned out the kitchen cupboards and the fridge - I think it might be hormonal. If I was a rabbit I'd probably be pulling my own fur out and using it to line my nest at this point. I'm not, I hasten to add. Before someone asks.

  4. I have bought some maternity clothes on eBay. They are fab and I can sit down (and clean out the hens) in comfort now.
I have some chicken-house photos to post, probably tomorrow. When I will also have made apple chutney.

Now, I go to twiddle with my strawbale house plans. Also, I think there are probably biscuit crumbs stuck under my keyboard - the space bar doesn't seem to want to work.

11 comments:

  1. Yeahmetoo,butmineistoastIthink.It'squite annoyingisn'tit?
    Good luck with your nest. My partner Carol went out and bought a huge pile of decorating magazines for her's. Never had time to read them though.

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  2. Yeahmetoo,butmineistoastIthink.It'squite annoyingisn'tit?
    Good luck with your nest. My partner Carol went out and bought a huge pile of decorating magazines for her's. Never had time to read them though.

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  3. Maybe the Rhubarb Compendium could be of help? http://www.rhubarbinfo.com/

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  4. I had rhubarb pie for my pudding, and I thought of you.

    It was gorgeous!

    Regarding the keyboard, a good can of compressed air does the trick with me.

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  5. I had rhubarb pie for my pudding, and I thought of you.

    It was gorgeous!

    Regarding the keyboard, a good can of compressed air does the trick with me.

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  6. Turn it upside down and shake it vigorously. Um, the keyboard not anything else.

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  7. Better crumbs than coffee with sugar. I speak from experience. Enough said.

    Hormones, instinct, whatever, we all want to make a cozy little nest. I rather enjoyed that part of pregnancy. I would have felt like Martha Stewart, except I didn't know there was such a person back then.

    Rhubarb wine ... hmm, a whole new concept for me. Are you going to ferment some of the honey? I had some meade in Wales years ago, and it was wonderful! And it does sound like you'll have an abundant supply.

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  8. Better crumbs than coffee with sugar. I speak from experience. Enough said.

    Hormones, instinct, whatever, we all want to make a cozy little nest. I rather enjoyed that part of pregnancy. I would have felt like Martha Stewart, except I didn't know there was such a person back then.

    Rhubarb wine ... hmm, a whole new concept for me. Are you going to ferment some of the honey? I had some meade in Wales years ago, and it was wonderful! And it does sound like you'll have an abundant supply.

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  9. ditdotdat - so far I haven't bought ANY magazines. I suppose that one could always rip them up and use them as nest-material though ...
    sanbreakity - ooooh! thank you, very much appreciated :).
    rhys/steg - I've turned it upside down and given it a good shaking - all sorts of things fell out :).
    mitey mite - yes to the honey-fermentation, that's one of the plans. We've made meade before and it was fantastic; so much more satisfying to do with one's own honey. Now all we have to do is get the bees down from the tree ... :).

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  10. ditdotdat - so far I haven't bought ANY magazines. I suppose that one could always rip them up and use them as nest-material though ...
    sanbreakity - ooooh! thank you, very much appreciated :).
    rhys/steg - I've turned it upside down and given it a good shaking - all sorts of things fell out :).
    mitey mite - yes to the honey-fermentation, that's one of the plans. We've made meade before and it was fantastic; so much more satisfying to do with one's own honey. Now all we have to do is get the bees down from the tree ... :).

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