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Checking newly mated queens
I drove the rest of the way home, arriving in mid-afternoon.
Meijers and the Purves-Smiths came for supper.
Monday : Sunny with
cloudy periods. High 15.
I spent the day catching up and did a little work outside as well. Matt had brought back the Beemer last night, and it is running well. With the new engine and automatic transmission, it is much easier to use.
Today : Sunny with
cloudy periods. Wind becoming west 30 km/h this afternoon. High 19. UV index 7
or high. / Tonight : Cloudy periods. Wind west 30 km/h. Low 9. / Normals for the
period : Low 5. High 18.
I spent the day at my desk, doing various tasks, and tried to line up up a truck to send the supers to their new owners. In the afternoon, I went out and made up brood chambers for the packages. I usually put them on My 19th, and am a bit late this year. I'm neglecting my bee work.
Today : A mix of sun and cloud. Wind northwest 20 km/h. High 19. UV index 7 or high. / Tonight : Cloudy periods. Low 6. / Normals for the period : Low 5. High 18.
We went to Calgary to get our passports renewed today, then spent the rest of the day car shopping. We looked at Hyundais, Toyotas, and even test-drove a Prius hybrid. That was interesting. We are thinking of a van, but also test drove a Mercury Marquis and even decided to buy it, but then discovered that the oil was down -- not even on the dipstick! We decided to take a rain check on that one for now. We want a vehicle with a big car ride and towing capability, but 30 MPG (imperial gallons) economy.
Today : A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers this afternoon. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h this afternoon. High 18. UV index 7 or high. / Tonight : Cloudy periods. 30 percent chance of showers this evening. Wind southwest 20 km/h. Low 8. / Normals for the period : Low 5. High 19.
We drove to Calgary and bought a 1998 Toyota Sienna van. I'm told that it does 28 MPG on the highway. 30 is my usual lower cutoff point, and although 28 is barely okay, the savings in not needing a truck or to take several cars on one trip, etc. should justify the added expense.
Today : Cloudy with sunny periods. 30 percent chance of showers this afternoon. High 18. UV index 5 or moderate. / Tonight : Periods of rain. Wind north 30 km/h. Low 7. / Normals for the period : Low 5. High 19.
Chris and Jean and Mackenzie came down for the weekend. In the afternoon, we all piled into the van and went to Drumheller. Ellen had an art show to take down and while she did that and delivered paintings elsewhere, Chris & I went to Canadian Tire.
We returned home. Ruth came over for supper.
Saturday : Rain. Amount 15 to 20 mm. Wind north 20 km/h increasing to 40 gusting to 60 late in the morning. High 9.
Today, I am really going to get another brood chamber onto the rest of those packages, and give them a quick check. I've agreed to sell 8 of them and should make sure they are okay and ready to go.
I did get the boxes under, and checked several, but the wind was so strong that the job was unpleasant for both me and for the bees. I quit for fear the wind might blow a queen off a frame into the tall grass as I inspected for brood. What I saw was good, although I see another queen has gone bad in the ones I stacked up last time. Did the bad queen survive the good one. Unusual.
Jean & Chris stayed until mid-afternoon, then headed back to Ponoka. Ellen and I went to the Mill for supper. Tom & Dorothy Makepeace were there and Esther came out from Calgary, bringing Shanny and Elijah along as well.
Today : A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers late this afternoon with the risk of a thunderstorm. Wind northwest 20 km/h. High 16. UV index 7 or high. / Tonight : Cloudy periods. 30 percent chance of showers early this evening with the risk of a thunderstorm. Wind north 20 km/h. Low 5. / Normals for the period : Low 6. High 19.
I spent the day at the desk again, and I really don't know what I accomplished, but I managed to strike a few things off my list. Later in the day, I managed to finish checking queens in the packages. All were okay, but a few had slightly spotty patterns. Not sure if it was chalkbrood or what. I also shook out the queenless hive I found the other day.
The forklift runs beautifully, and is a pleasure to use, compared to how it was before the conversion. The automatic transmission makes everything smooth and easy, and the electric start adds a nice touch.
Today : A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers late this afternoon. Wind becoming north 20 km/h this morning. High 17. UV index 6 or high. / Tonight : Cloudy periods. 30 percent chance of showers early this evening. Wind north 20 km/h becoming light near midnight. Low 3 with risk of frost. / Normals for the period : Low 6. High 19.