Beau July 20th, 2009
Up early this morning after getting back late last week. It’s 55 degrees out there today! I think I’m in heaven… July and it feels like October. The past few days have been extraordinary, and so pleasant. I know it won’t last, and that’s okay. We’ll be back to the hot and humid days soon, and that good ‘ole fashioned Missouri summer.
What a treat though- and with all the rain, the grass is still green and lush everywhere. After cutting for a couple days it’s far more enjoyable than the usual hot, dusty routine. I think the bees have also benefited from the moisture and cooler weather- the spring and summer “honeyflow” seems to be longer this year in our area. The dutch white clover has been in bloom for over a month now and the bees are all over the flowers.
We had a nice trip last week, touching base with aunts, uncles and cousins that I haven’t see in many years- some as long as 30 years ago. It was fun to hear old family stories, and connect with people that share a bond through generations. The young one played with other kids and other dogs, we drove through five or six states, ate good food and bad, and generally had a great time. I was even able to pick up some beekeeping supplies while avoiding shipping costs. Gas prices weren’t too bad this year compared to last summer either. So there’s still time for a couple side trips around the state!
Walking around the pond last night, it was so pretty with the yellow-orange sunset and the pond’s surface completely calm. The yellow lab spied another critter along the shoreline… it was our other dog, the shiba. He decided to go for a swim, and his ears were poking up- it was funny to watch. The lab whined to join him, but we were heading back in the house for dinner. “Not this time…” I told him, and he looked at me with pure frustration in his eyes. Another day fella… it was a beautiful night.