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Enjoying and dealing with the ups and downs of life in rural Maine.
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The queen is dead. Long live the queen.

Posted 07-01-2012 at 01:52 PM by Zymer (Living In Maine)

Checked the bees on Fri. to remove feeders and add a second deep hive body and frames to each one.

Hive #1 looks to be doing well, good population and comb drawn out on the end frames, some frames heavy with stored honey. Didn't check the inner frames.

Hive #2 apparently not doing so well, honey stored in end frame(s) on one side but some frames, particularly on the opposite side don't even have comb drawn out yet. Population seems lower and there seems to be less activity...
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Humming along

Posted 06-09-2012 at 05:28 PM by Zymer (Living In Maine)

Finally, a break in the rain long enough to check the hives. Walked down the drive to the eastern side of the field, then followed the treeline at the ravine between the front and back fields. Along the way I noticed some activity at the new raspberry canes about midway, loaded with blooms and bees buzzing about. Stepping in and partway down the gully I observed them- small, and black/white colored. Hmmmm, not my bees, mine are dark yellow/orange and black. Why aren't *my* bees here? Oh, well....
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Deep Subject- On Wells And Water...

Posted 08-10-2010 at 09:35 AM by Zymer (Living In Maine)
Updated 06-09-2012 at 05:48 PM by Zymer (Categorized)

The last three winters I have been plagued with losing the water. The entrance to the crawl-space under the house is on the west side, accessed through a trap-door in the porch floor. There is no other door (though I've started framing for one now) and in the Winter the cold wind blows in quite easily. At first I thought it was the water line itself freezing...but then I discovered that this was not the initial cause. The lines froze later because the water was not flowing but I started leaving...
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Gone but not forgotten...and not forgetting.

Posted 08-08-2010 at 12:59 PM by Zymer (Living In Maine)
Updated 06-09-2012 at 05:53 PM by Zymer (Categorized)

Many thanks to those who sent inquiring DMs after I disappeared. I've missed everyone here and thought about you all often. And I apologize to all who sent Xmas cards but didn't get any in return.

Rather than tie up threads in the forum explaining, I'll update here.

As Winter approached (2008-2009) my other half began complaining of being in pain, which grew more intense as time went on. There seemed to be no explanation for it- she hadn't fallen or injured herself, it...
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Blogging

Posted 12-01-2008 at 04:45 AM by Zymer (Living In Maine)
Updated 06-09-2012 at 05:45 PM by Zymer (Title)

Amazing...I'm embarrassed to say that for a long-time electronics/computer geek who was on the 'net before it had pretty pictures, I have never done a "blog"...maybe because the fun wore off after being in the business for so long.
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