Beau January 3rd, 2009
A couple of warm days means a chance to get a lot accomplished. Even the bees took some time to stretch their wings, and I was glad to see them. They had not been out for at least 3-4 weeks after the last cold stretch, and they need a chance on warm days to relieve themselves. And there’s bound to be a lot of new young bees that have emerged. They look soft and fuzzy, and fly around the outside of the hive to orient themselves. Only a couple of months to go bees… hang in there!
Of course with the heavy rain last week we had to clean up a few areas too. The gravel driveway tends to wash out during the heaviest rain. Last year I added two types of gravel on top of the old stuff, and worked hard to pack it level- it has done fine for one side of our dip, but this side still washed out. The rain was some of the heaviest I’ve seen in the last few years.
But I was happy to see the gravel washed straight down the driveway instead of off the side of the driveway. After using the big rake on the back of the tractor, we all grabbed a few hand rakes to finish it up, and it’s good as new. We’ve thought about having asphalt put in someday, but those thoughts quickly fade as we remember the driveway’s almost 1/4 mile long. Realistically the gravel is so much better when the ice comes in winter.
More rain expected for tonight, but hopefully not too much. I’m still looking for our first real snowstorm… in the meantime we we’ve been doing various chores including cleaning up a lot of the house, the holiday ornaments, taking the tree down and out and splitting a bunch of older oak rounds for firewood. With luck we’ll have just enough to get through winter.
After all the holiday excitement, the boy says we’ve been doing “nothing much” the last few days. Somehow I’ve really enjoyed doing nothing much. Oh, except eating of course. We’ve been doing far too much of that! This week it’s back to school and back to the routine. If we have another warm day it will be time to whip the garden into shape. We’re already thinking of what to plant…