Sunday, 13 May 2007

pray

Bastard clients who post you cheques that bounce should be hung up by their toes and beaten to within an inch of their lives with the squiffly end of a multicore cable.

In other news, yesterday I caught two swarms of bees. Yay! It appears that if B puts his foot in the middle of my back and pulls the zip really hard, I CAN get in to the bee suit.

Because we had yet ANOTHER swarm (which was sitting in a heap on the ground), as well as the one hanging in the tree, it seemed like it was my turn to do something about it. So I smoked the one on the bank in to the nucleus box, where they are now patiently waiting for a friend to come and collect them*.

And the swarm in the tree I managed to drop in to a cardboard box by hitting the tree stump firmly a few times with a rubber mallet.

This was quite exciting, both for me and for the bees - most of them dropped off on the first whack (apparently the older the bee is, the quicker they let go when you whack whatever they're clinging on to) and after two or three more whacks, about five sixths of them were in the box.

Then I tipped the box of bees in to a spare hive and went and stood patiently and waited for the cloud of quite cross bees buzzing around me to get fed up and go away.

Eventually they did, and the colony are still there in the hive this afternoon. They had started making comb in the tree, so I snapped that off and chucked it in with them. This morning we have been to visit Bob The Bee Man Of Bettws, and bought some new brood frames to put in the hive to make it all nice and spick and span for them. I shall organise the hive and put the new frames in tomorrow, so long as it's stopped raining.

In the meantime, we have found somewhere that we really, really want to live. It ticks ALL our boxes - right location; right amount of land (two thirds of an acre); right size house (two bedrooms, outbuilding for office space); right kind of central heating (solid fuel, so easy to add in solar hot water panels); own water supply; own drainage; and, miraculously, right price. Only we don't have a buyer. I have spent a couple of hours looking in to Bridging Loans (eeek! at the interest rates) and those companies that buy your house in ten days for less than it's market value (eek! again, but slightly less so). We are, almost literally, praying for a buyer or some kind of financial miracle.

As a brief break from all of that, I am now going to stir my rhubarb wine.


* I have swapped it for a small pig, which will be arriving in the autumn when it is ready to leave it's mother. By then, hopefully we will have somewhere to actually KEEP a small pig.

10 comments:

  1. Is that the clients you've moaned about previously? If so not surprised to hear about the rubber cheque!

    "stood patiently and waited for the cloud of quite cross bees buzzing around me to get fed up" - *gasps in admiration* ooh, I'd have run away. Very quickly.

    New house!! Everything is crossed (ouch) that a buyer turns up - if we win the lottery I'll buy it. Pictures?

    Blindingly obvious, I know but if you have space for a small pig make sure you have room for the bigger pig it will grow into.

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  2. Is that the clients you've moaned about previously? If so not surprised to hear about the rubber cheque!

    "stood patiently and waited for the cloud of quite cross bees buzzing around me to get fed up" - *gasps in admiration* ooh, I'd have run away. Very quickly.

    New house!! Everything is crossed (ouch) that a buyer turns up - if we win the lottery I'll buy it. Pictures?

    Blindingly obvious, I know but if you have space for a small pig make sure you have room for the bigger pig it will grow into.

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  3. Moan? Moan! MOAN!!! What do you mean, moan? :).

    No, it's a different one. I may have mentioned them before - see under 'tin foil hat'.

    No pictures of house - don't want to spoil the luck ... maybe if we have an offer accepted and I can get the finances to add up.

    The small pig won't get *too* big - you keep them for three months and then turn them in to bacon. Very exciting ... :).

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  4. Moan? Moan! MOAN!!! What do you mean, moan? :).

    No, it's a different one. I may have mentioned them before - see under 'tin foil hat'.

    No pictures of house - don't want to spoil the luck ... maybe if we have an offer accepted and I can get the finances to add up.

    The small pig won't get *too* big - you keep them for three months and then turn them in to bacon. Very exciting ... :).

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  5. A pig! Bacon! Very exciting. Soon I expect we won't be the only people we know who brine our own ham.

    I also am crossing everything for the house.

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  6. A pig! Bacon! Very exciting. Soon I expect we won't be the only people we know who brine our own ham.

    I also am crossing everything for the house.

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  7. Good to hear that you're still very busy and it's good to hear that you have plenty of bees. Bees round here seem to be on the decline.

    Are you allowed to mention pigs in Wales?

    Best wishes
    Milt

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  8. Good to hear that you're still very busy and it's good to hear that you have plenty of bees. Bees round here seem to be on the decline.

    Are you allowed to mention pigs in Wales?

    Best wishes
    Milt

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  9. Ooooh, will also keep everything crossed for you for the financing.

    Being a vegetarian (mostly) I am in awe of people that actually raise their own meat, rather than buy it in frozen packs from Tesco. That is what eating meat should be all about. Much respect. If you can do that, fair play to you. :-)
    My main objection is the aweful way in which animals are raised in factories, so good for you. I know you'll make a great pig-carer until That Day. That makes it very much OKer. I might even be brave enough to read the post when you do the deed..

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  10. Ooooh, will also keep everything crossed for you for the financing.

    Being a vegetarian (mostly) I am in awe of people that actually raise their own meat, rather than buy it in frozen packs from Tesco. That is what eating meat should be all about. Much respect. If you can do that, fair play to you. :-)
    My main objection is the aweful way in which animals are raised in factories, so good for you. I know you'll make a great pig-carer until That Day. That makes it very much OKer. I might even be brave enough to read the post when you do the deed..

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