A Swarm of Bees


Good morning everyone. Well this post does not have a whole lot to do with windjammers or getting Mary Day ready to sail. We do like the fact that we can make a little bit of the honey and bees products we have on the schooner so it is kinda relative. Really it is just a cool event in our day to day existence… never a boring moment around this place. We took Colby pup for a walk very early yesterday morning and all was quiet. When we returned I was heading down the driveway to go for a run and encountered this. About face I did. There went my run but catching this swarm from our nearby hives was going to be fun.
I wish I could have taken pictures but it was only Jen and I and the box we swept the bees into weighed quite a bit. This was definitely a two person job. You will notice the smoke hazing over some parts of the photos. We were told that the bees are very docile when they are swarming and away from the hive because they have nothing to defend… except the new queen. The moment we swept the bees into the box the air was filled with bees. And I mean thousands of bees. We had prepared a new hive setup in advance and could only hope we captured the new queen as we poured the bees into their new home. They were still there last night so we will keep our fingers crossed. Jen, with the benefit of a full bee keepers outfit, did not get stung even once. I wish I could report the same results but one did mange to get up under my screened hood and stung me on to of the head. Didn’t that smart?
I offer up yet another piece of the current puzzle under wraps. Now it should be obvious what we are making.
Have a great day. Be well. Do good.

All in a Weekend

Good morning everyone. We left Camden yesterday for our first voyage of 2010 (and Colby’s first trip ever!)…to Rockland’s Northend Shipyard to haul out for the weekend. The weather looks beautiful for these two days, sunny and in the 60’s…perfect painting weather! Lots of work for the crew this weekend but it all pays off. All this work keeps her running smoothly and gracefully. It’s always an honor to work and be a part of such a beautiful ship, even when it means scraping mussel shells out of the centerboard trunk! We hope to slide back in on Sunday if all goes well. Sorry this is short but daylight’s burnin’….we’ll let the pics tell the rest.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.