Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Preparing for Winter

We love it here in Minnesota when the wind changes and things begin to look and smell like Autumn, but we also are reminded that winter is on it's way.

This year Mr. Bee and I are not only bracing ourselves for the coming winter, but we're mindful of how to help our bees get ready, too. Mr. Bee made new bottom boards to keep the hives closer to the ground (for warmth), and we stopped to replace the sugar syrup for the bees (for food).


New Bottom Boards


Not the best choice in shoes for hive inspection.

Busy Girls.  On inspection, we did see larvae and eggs.

Those tiny little faces can be pretty intimidating, no?

Right now won't do much more for the bees now other than feed them sugar syrup and pollen "patties".


Photo: Courtesy Mr. T. 
The bees have been thirsty and like visiting his bird bath. 
Looks like a good place to get a drink!

You can see in the photo above that the leaves are changing color all around, to beautiful yellows, browns, oranges, and reds.  I'll share some more Autumn photos with you soon - we love this time of year!

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