Today Ellie and I picked up 3 pounds of bees and an Italian Queen bee. Last year we started two new hives and things did not turn out as well as I had hoped, so I was not going to get more bees this year, but Grandpa Don really wanted me to, so we compromised on one batch of new bees, instead of two.
We've decided to move one of the hives to a new location to see if more sunlight will increase the honey production. I was a little nervous since I did not have Ethan or Aaron to help me this year.
I begin by spraying down the bees so that they cannot fly away so quickly.
Later in the afternoon I tilled a small bed out front to ready it for peas, only to realize that the peas should have been planted about 5 weeks ago. Now I am trying to decide if I should plant them anyway, or want to plant something else next month in that same spot.
I also tilled the coldframe that my dear husband had cleaned out. I planted "Giant Caesar" Lettuce, "Icebuerg" lettuce, "Black Seeded Simpson" lettuce that was sent as a tape (super easy to use!) and "Cherry Belle" radishes. I only planted one row of each. I will add more rows next weekend so that there is a staggered harvest.
Out in California, The Lady Washington is docked in Crescent City where he has gone tide pooling and visited a lighthouse on his day off. He was also happy to find that the community among sailors is strong there. Some sort of handle broke on the ship. Ethan and Sophie went to purchase a new one. They did not have any luck. However, the people who run an industrial shop near the dock invited him in and let him use their welding equipment to make a new handle. The captain was thrilled with the fact that Ethan could replicate the handle and has made duty roster arrangements that will allow Ethan to go back to the shop on Monday and make a few more much needed items. Ethan really enjoyed being able to spend some time welding and he felt good about being able to contribute something important to the ship. Today he and a few of the other guys on the ship will go visit the redwood forest. The ranger there used to be on crew, so he has been coming down to the ship to get people from the crew and take them for a tour of the part of the forest that he oversees.