That tank just about says it all for us here in the Seguin area. While other poor souls are sandbagging to keep flood waters at bay, we are all praying for a bit of rain. This is the tanks out at Big Oaks bee yard and it is getting lower every day. The weather is heating up and the sun continues to dry us out. We all watch the weather news and check the weather out our window just in case we see anything hopeful. Last week we were all excited because they gave us a 40% chance of rain but we were not fortunate enough to see more than a light drizzle and for not long enough to make any significant impact. It’s hard to complain on a day like today, however, since Mark and I worked most of the day in the honey house and we were blessed with a sunny day, not too humid, and a breeze that helped keep us from baking as we worked. I still got hot. But then again, I get hot if it hits 85 and there’s any humidity whatsoever. 🙂 Let’s hope for a break in the drought SOON!
Despite the drought, there have been some blooming here and there. The Chinese Tallow above, for example, is currently what the bees are feeding on, as Mark saw out at Big Oaks this past week. Here’s an aside about my inability to remember some things. It has taken about TEN years for me to get in my head this is a CHINESE Tallow. Mark taught me what it was when I kept remarking how pretty the leaves are. Beautiful heart shaped leaves. Well for some reason, I kept getting it in my head that the name was Japanese Tallow. I don’t know why. He used to quiz me when we drove around and ran across one of these. 🙂 I finally got it, honey bee!
We got a great amount of work accomplished today in the honey house. Really had a nice time working together out there and we even had a few visitors today – that’s always nice. Mark anticipates extraction activities beginning on Tuesday or Wednesday and we had a lot of shifting of equipment and stock in order to prep space for everything that needs to happen. We’ll take some pictures next week for sure to show you how we do it. Mark bottled the last bit of Huajilla and Orange Blossom so we could have the tanks ready for our local honey. I shifted all the cases of honey from one side of the honey house to another space we’ve designated for stock. I have the cases stacked with about a foot of space in between boxes so we can scoot in and out. We are happy with the work we got done today and we are satisfied with our ideas for how the work should flow (no pun intended).