Sunday September 20th, 2015

Today A mix of sun and cloud. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h gusting to 50 near noon. High 24. UV index 4 or moderate.
Tonight Increasing cloudiness. 30 percent chance of showers late this evening and overnight. Wind southwest 40 km/h gusting to 60 becoming northwest 40 gusting to 60 then diminishing to 20 after midnight. Low 6.

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I awoke at 0630 and see we have rotated back to our original position in the bay.  We came within thirty feet of another boat at times, but at other times were hundreds of feet away from anyone. 

Anchoring in a mooring field is tricky since balls are often on a fairly short tether compared to what is ideal for an anchor since they are screwed into the bottom or have very heavy permanent anchors compared to the lightweight anchors a boat can carry.  That means the boats on balls move less than anchored boats when they swing with wind and current.

The forecast was for gales out on the water today, and slack at Gabriola Pass was just after nine, so we motored into the Pass and over to Silva Bay.  Our route was protected from the weather but the chart plotter decided to act up badly as we travelled along our intricate route.

Fortunately, I have  a backup GPS with charts, plus the charts on my phone and tablet.  We arrived at Silva Bay in short order, filled our tanks with fresh water, then tied up at B16. 

Spending a few dollars for overnight moorage turned out to be a good decision.  We could have anchored in the bay near the marina for free, but would have been tossed around by the winds and waves and had to dinghy in to get ashore.  As it was, at times the boat rocked and rolled at the dock while we listened to the Coast Guard handle distress calls on the VHF radio.  More than a few people got into difficulty out there today.  Even though Cassiopeia can withstand gales with ease, it was a good day to be at the dock.

We had lunch at the restaurant and spent a lazy afternoon on the boat and on shore.  Pam did a laundry.

The power went off several times and that meant eating out was out of the question.  We have a lot of food to eat anyhow, so we are dining on board Cassiopeia tonight.

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Monday September 21st, 2015

Today Mainly sunny. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light early this morning. High 15. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight Clear. Becoming partly cloudy overnight. Low plus 2 with risk of frost.

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I was up at 0600 and was ready to leave the dock shortly after 0800.  By the time the crew was ready we were closer to 0900.

The plotter is now completely NG.  The screen is blank, so I am now navigating by my tablet and handheld GPS, which is just fine.  I have paper charts, but seldom bother with them.

Our goal today is to reach Porlier Pass at slack water, around 1130.  From there we travel down to Montague Harbour and the plan is to stay there for the night.  That is Austin's choice.  Internet and cell reception is poor in that region, so we'll see how he likes it when we get there.

At present, 1022, we are running downwind at a little over four knots.  We are about four and half miles out, so we should make the Pass right on time.

We arrived on time and sailed on down to Montague where I anchored in the usual spot.  Austin and Pam took the dinghy and went ashore.  I took the opportunity to be alone for a while and catch up on plans and notes.

I re-anchored after awhile, attaching a red buoy to the anchor (see picture)so I can see exactly where the anchor is in relation to the boat.  

When anchored, a boat actually just drifts around, restrained by the weight of the limp chain on the bottom and only tugs on the chain and thus the anchor if the drifting stretches out the the chain, and that is only when the tides or winds get strong.

Around six, Austin called on the GMRS radio, wanting to take the bus to a bar in Sturdies Bay.  It left on the hour. 

As we spoke, my radio battery went dead, so they came back to the boat.  By then, I had discovered some hamburger in the fridge that was dated "Best Before Sept 18" and had decided to make spaghetti sauce.

They left for the bus and I ate my supper here on Cassiopeia and watched a beautiful sunset from the cockpit.  Bars schmarz.

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Tuesday September 22nd, 2015

Today Cloudy. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this morning. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h this morning. High 19. UV index 4 or moderate.
Tonight Clearing this evening. Wind southeast 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low plus 4.

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I went to bed early last night and was up early this morning. 

At 0530, sunrise is still two hours away, but being up early gives me time to wake up, have breakfast, relax, and plan the day before first light -- and before the others are up and distracting me from such deliberations.  I find that I don't multi-task as well as I once did.  It may be age, or maybe the fact that I think more deeply than when younger -- or think I do.

When cruising, it is important to have a destination in mind and the route carefully charted, plus contingency plans so that if something happens or weather changes along the way, there is a safe harbour close by with the entrance pre-charted.  This is especially true now that the chart plotter is DOA and we are depending on paper charts and handheld electronics.

Days are short at this time of year and we have fewer chances to ride favourable tides or transit passes at slack water during daylight than in the longer days of summer.

I like to get underway early so that the day's travel is over early, and if all goes as planned, time is left at the end for other activities. If not, we will not be running out of daylight and out of options while still far short of our destination.

I hoisted anchor at 0800 and the others joined me up top a while later.  the predicted winds did not materialize, so at 1034, we are motoring south of Saltspring Island and bound for Brentwood Bay at six knots.  We are about half-way to our destination.

We pulled into Butchart Cove and managed to snag a ball, then tie to the shore, and dinghy over to the docks.

After a few hours in the gardens, we returned to the boat and motored into Todd Inlet to anchor for the night.  The anchorage was much more crowded that I have seen it in  the past, but we found a good spot and dropped the anchor.  Holding here is not as good as it could be, but the location is very sheltered.

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Wednesday September 23rd, 2015
The first Day of Fall

Today Cloudy. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this morning. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h this morning. High 19. UV index 4 or moderate.
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Today, we return to Sidney.  In the afternoon, Austin and Pam fly back home.  I'll stay a few more days to deal with boat issues.

We sailed a bit, but mostly motored back to Sidney.  I was feeling adventurous and took a shortcut through John Passage.  Considering the chart plotter was dead, the transit was a bit more challenging than if I had the plotter in front of me.  I did have live charts on my tablet, my phone and the handheld GPS, though, so I had plenty of support.

The worry with these devices is battery life.  They run batteries down quickly with their GPS turned on and having a charged and running backup unit at hand is essential for safety.

Finding oneself suddenly without a chart and an accurate position even for a few moments when halfway through a tight passage with currents tossing the boat around and rocks on every side could quickly result in serious boat damage -- or worse. 

Navigation through these tricky spots was traditionally accomplished using paper charts and diagrams, but that requires careful advance preparation and/or familiarity with the locale.

The tide was up, though, the currents mild, and the passage uneventful.  After all was said and done, I had cut off two and a half miles.  Big deal.

We fueled up at Van Isle, then returned to Port Sidney Marina.  My slip was occupied, so we found ourselves on H-dock, as far from street access as one can get.

Austin and Pam went up town and I spoke with Callum about some work that needs doing and did laundry, and after a while I was able to return to my usual dock.

After supper, I drove Austin and Pam to YYJ.  My original plan was to leave today also, but it turns out that I have things to do here.

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Thursday September 24th, 2015

Today Mainly cloudy. Wind becoming south 20 km/h this afternoon. High 22. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight A few clouds. Wind south 20 km/h. Low 8.

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I'm alone on Cassiopeia tied up at Port Sidney Marina this morning.  Although I enjoy having company, it wears me out and I slept in today.  I was up for an hour during the night, then another hour at sunrise to have breakfast, but then went back to sleep until 1030.

I have lots to do today, but am not too ambitious.

There was lots to do cataloguing the jobs that need doing on the boat and researching parts, etc.  I finished around 1500 and met with Callum to discuss details.

I discovered he had recovered the backstay parts and that was fortunate since the repair made on the spot had left a guard off the tensioner.

The story told by the clients and the story the boat tells are quite different.  From the tattered genoa sheet, missing battens on the main and the damage to the clue of the genoa, it seems obvious that the skipper was running downwind with too much sail and had great difficulty recovering when the backstay came apart.  I gather that the sails flogged hard and long before they were able to snuff them.

What caused the cable to part?  The rigger claimed it was corrosion, but it looks to me like a bad swaging job at the factory.  It appears the cable was not fully inserted into the sleeve before swaging.  The white material is sealer.

It is always difficult to assess who should pay for such damage.  The backstay obviously was due to the boat, but the wind damage certainly looks to be due to bad sailing.  I know this will cost me several hundred dollars for new genoa sheets, but they were coming up for replacement anyhow.

Discussion in the HoneyBeeWorld Forum lately is increasingly revealing how Microsoft Windows -- even older versions and not just Windows 10 -- is sending all sorts of information to Microsoft, and some of it against our wishes and/or without our informed consent.

I had a simple supper onboard and plan on an early bedtime.

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Friday September 25th, 2015
Three Months until Christmas

Today Increasing cloudiness. 30 percent chance of showers late this afternoon. Wind south 20 km/h becoming light this morning. Wind becoming north 20 gusting to 40 late this afternoon. High 23. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers early this evening. Wind north 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 6.

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I have lots to do today.  I'm up at 0430, but plan to sleep some more after I wake up enough to go back to sleep.  I knew I should not have eaten that spaghetti before bed.

I slept until 0730 and got up to organize my day.  I have to meet with an upholsterer, and possibly several others; go to a chandlery for parts and to repair the backstay; order a plotter and arrange speedy delivery; wash  the slipcovers; and do various housekeeping jobs.

First thing, I reserved a flight home and ordered a replacement chart plotter, then drove to the upholsterer's shop to discuss either slipcovers or a complete reupholstering.  The current upholstery is a bit distorted, worn at corners, and gets dirty too easily.  The meeting went well, so I did not bother visiting any competitors.

From there I drove to the chandlery and bought a few items and drove back to the boat to measure and get up the backstay parts for a trip to the riggers.

The riggers are located at Westport Marina, near the ferries, and I arrived right at coffee break.  The actual riggers were away, but I chatted with the welders who were there working and they took time from a rush job to do my little project so I was able to have it done while I waited.

It turned out that one of their crew had done the temporary fix for the charter client at Bedwell Harbour, a ten-mile run by boat from their base. Their 'fix', the ad-hoc repair I was restoring to original, had been a spectra rope to replace the original cable.  Although spectra has superior properties, it was already showing signs of wear. 

Fortunately, the original parts had been saved and all that was wrong with them was that a nicopress had pulled apart, apparently due to a factory crimping error. We noted that the other end of the cable had required repair previously as well.

It helped to be a welder myself, know the talk, and to know what needed doing.  Otherwise, I'd still be waiting to go back to get the part -- and probably pay three times as much.

I had them repair the original stainless steel cable and returned to my marina to reassemble the parts.  When I finished, the backstay was restored to original condition.

I also changed some light bulbs, replaced the ship's flag, which some genius had singed in the barbecue, and replaced five studs for the enclosure and a missing boat hook.  I cut the shredded leach line cover pieces off the genoa so it looks okay, and cut the damaged end off the genoa sheet.

The genoa sheet had always seemed too long and I found that after I cut out the damaged section, it seems just right, so I saved several hundred dollars -- for now at least.

That was pretty well my day and a satisfying one, too.

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Saturday September 26th, 2015

Today A mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers. High 16. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight A few clouds. Low zero.

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  I'm up at 0530 and I fly at noon, so between now and then I have to pack and get to YYJ.

As always, I spent the first hour and a bit reading, writing, and waking up. Now for the job of packing.  It is always a core to sort out what to leave and what to take. I'll be back here in a little under two weeks, so I'll keep that in mind. There is a one-week charter booked in the interim, so I do have to clear out my things.

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I was packed and ready to go a half-hour early.  The cab picked me up at 1130. 

By 1530, I was on the ground in Alberta, driving to the Mill to pick up Zippy.  I bought groceries along the way and arrived there just after 1800.

We had supper, then Zip and I drove home.

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Sunday September 27th, 2015

Today Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud near noon. Fog patches dissipating this morning. Wind becoming north 20 km/h near noon. High 14. UV index 3 or moderate.
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I awoke at 0400 and stayed up for an hour, had breakfast, then went back to bed and managed to sleep until 0850.

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When I got home, I checked my weight and see I am at 230.4, so I am still up seven pounds from my lowest point, reached after a week in hospital.  Why I lost weight there is a mystery to me.

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I'm home today and thinking of going to Gull Lake, but the forecast is for 12 degrees and winds of 23 KPH.  Boating might be cool.  Also, Mackenzie has a cold.  I may just do things around here.

My friends took care of the bees for me, so I should go out and survey things.  There are plenty of jobs that need doing around the place.  The grass is getting long, the bee yards need tidying, two sheds need repair and the Crossbow and its trailer need repair.  I also need to clean up in the North End to make ready to install more reliable heating for winter.

Heat and my houseplants are my two main worries when I go away in the cold season.  When the ambient drops to below freezing, I am concerned the place could freeze up.   If the weather stays at minus five or ten, the process would be slow, but we have weeks when the temperatures can drop to minus forty and at those times,  freeze up could occur in hours.

I decided to go out and check the bees so I went out and walked through the North Yard.  Guess what?  The first thing I saw was fifteen boxes of honey that I had pulled neatly stacked on pallets, protected from the bees.  My friends had mentioned them to the staff they left to do the job and left.  Apparently their staff misunderstood or forgotand did not pick them up.  Drat.

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I went to make a phone call and found my phone is acting up.  I had dropped my Nexus 5 in the toilet earlier and recovered it within a second or two and dried it off with tissue, but now it was acting funny.  I dried it out with the hair dryer and it works now, but I see a bright spot in one corner of the screen.  Here is hoping that this will go away with a bit more drying.

I was considering going to Gull lake, but stayed home.  I'm tired today and just rested up.  Just as well.

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Monday September 28th, 2015

Today Mainly sunny. Wind becoming south 20 km/h this afternoon. High 18. UV index 3 or moderate.
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Yesterday, I phoned a friend who has a small operation to see if he is interested in extracting my last 14 boxes of honey.  I really do not want all those good potential brood combs full of honey next spring.

Meijers are done for the season and their setup is huge.  It would make no sense to start it up for a few boxes.  What I have here would not even make one extractor load.

My friend said he had put the extracting equipment away and cleaned up the shop, but today he phoned and said "Bring them over", so I am driving down to Standard Colony to see Martin.  I'm hoping he has an uncapper because I also want the frames flat and hand uncapping does not level them very well.

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I loaded the full honey boxes onto my truck and drove the 75 km to Standard Colony and dropped off the supers in Martin's shop, then drove home.  The boxes need to be heated before extracting.

The stacks of supers had been sealed against robbing when I pulled them, but in the two weeks since, duct tape had peeled from a small crack I had sealed.  Wasps and bees had gained access and managed to rob some frames. 

When I was loading, some boxes had a hundred or more wasps. As I was loading the stacks, a wasp hit me just below the eye.  I don 't swell from bee stings, but wasp venom is different.  By the time I returned home again, the eye had swelled considerably.

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My phone works today, but the screen is not as perfect as it was before its trip into the toilet yesterday

Speaking of phones, here is a use for an old smartphone that may be lying around: Internet radio. 

Pairing a smartphone with a Bluetooth speaker system or plugging into a set of speakers and using any of the many radio and podcast apps available brings us a wide choice of radio stations and  programming.  For CBC lovers, there are CBC apps. It is now possible to listen to almost any CBC Radio One program on demand! 

Using my main phone routinely as a radio is usually inconvenient.  Radio usage runs down battery and requires connecting and disconnecting when coming and going.  Any old smartphone can be used as a dedicated unit for that purpose, however.

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Tuesday September 29th, 2015

Today Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud near noon. High 21. UV index 3 or moderate.
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I slept eight hours, but it was the worst sleep I've had in a long time. I woke up every hour with a dry mouth. 

I wasn't worrying or anything of the sort.  I was not congested. I was just sleeping badly. I wonder if it was something I ate?

I have not found any need for my APAP (Automatic CPAP) machine for six months or more, but after I woke up several times I decided to use the machine to see if apnea was a problem and if it helped me sleep through. 

I woke up repeatedly just the same, and when I reviewed the night's history this morning the AHI was only 0.61 -- not nearly high enough to explain the awakenings or justify use of the machine.

Today is predicted to be a nice warm day and I want to get out and do some yard work.

My eye does not look any better today.

After lunch, I had a brief nap, then went out to work on the yards.  My goal was to clean up the North Yard and put away all the equipment that had been stacked up there.

I completed that and went through some stacks on the trailer by supper time and came in for the day.

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I decided to drain the pool this year.  Although I left the pool full last winter and the experiment was somewhat successful and saved me $100 in water and chemicals, the ground under it softened and the pool sagged a bit in the middle, plus the ice heaved a fitting and ripped the liner a little.

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My cell phone's screen has healed itself and looks as good as before its recent little dip into the toilet.  I had begun to think that its screen was going to be marred permanently in spots, but I guess not.  Bonus!

Mid-afternoon, my phone went black and unresponsive.  I figured, "Drat!, I'll need another replacement and the last replacement was only at Easter".  I get two $50 replacements in two years under my insurance policy.

After a while, however, the phone came back on and had my phone apparently been installing an operating system update patch.  That surprised me.  I had not been asked, and had not okayed an update.  The battery was almost dead at the time, too, but it is all good now.

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So, the North Yard is about done.  I'll want to raise the hives off the ground and I'll have to remove Apivar later, and maybe I'll do a round of formic acid, but otherwise, those 12 hives are ready.

Formic treatment depends on the right temperatures to work properly without harming colonies.  Days with temperatures around twenty degrees Celsius are ideal and we still have some of those ahead.  Brood should be tapering off now and some colonies have shut down already.  Fumigation works best when there is little brood rearing underway.

I also dealt with some of the empty equipment. I can see I really should go through it all and sort it in advance of spring. I should have last year and doing that would have saved me a lot of trouble.

While I was working, I realised that I am not enjoying the beekeeping.  It has become work and I am disorganized to boot. So why am I doing this?  I used to enjoy every aspect of beekeeping, but now I just enjoy the actual bee work and find preparing and handing equipment tedious.  I'll have to optimize.

My problem, as always, is one of scale. Too few colonies is not rewarding and too many is a burden.  How to strike a balance?

I have altered my methods in recent years.  At one time I had beekeeping down to a lazy man's dream, but I have broken my system trying to push too hard for early results. 

Selling bees in spring puts me under pressure because a lot of people want bees early.  That makes sense for package bees, but for established colonies, it matters little.  

My customers who got bees at the end of June and in the first week of July did very well and, I'm betting, far better than at average person who bought new equipment and package bees.

By trying to force things, and please people, I have made extra work for myself. Ideally, in spring, I should break the double hives in two when they are ready and place each half on top of a good brood chamber.  That way, there is very little to do.

Today, when I lit the smoker and caught a whiff of the smoke, I wondered if the smoke had something to do with my little heart event last month. I never have been very careful to avoid the smoke and I notice now that I am sensitive to it.

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Wednesday September 30th, 2015

Today Sunny. High 25. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight Clear. Low plus 4.

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I slept better and totaled seven hours of shuteye, but was up for one hour during the night due to congestion.  The sinus congestion was only on one side -- the side where I was stung -- but woke me, and kept me awake until I sat up a while.

I have been  trying to pin down the cause of congestion and maybe the sting is implicated here, but I am now suspecting old cheese.  These things are hard to pin down.

I weigh 228.4 this morning.  That is down an amazing two pounds from yesterday.  The outside work yesterday probably is a factor, but I also did not drink any wine yesterday. Otherwise, my diet was not particularly restricted.  It is a mystery. 

Will I drop quickly to the 223 reading I saw a month ago?  Weight that disappears this quickly must be mostly water.  The most I could drop, excluding water -- theoretically -- if I did not eat at all for a day and exercised -- is one pound, and I lost two pounds in 24 hours.

I am quite conscious of 'calorie bombs' lately and tend to eat a lot of vegetables and beans. I still have my two eggs for breakfast since that seems to get me off to the best start.  If I eat carbs for breakfast, it tends to make me feel "off' for the day.

Although I found some of the work a bit dreary yesterday, in other ways, it is quite exciting and I am looking forward to getting out early today.  I am pacing myself, though, and being careful not to overdo things.

I love opening hives.  As I have said before, when working through a yard I am like a kid opening presents at Christmas. It helps that my hives are almost all healthy and prosperous; otherwise, the job could be depressing.

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I discovered something interesting the other day.  I like crunchy peanut butter, but when I buy the peanut butter made from peanuts and nothing else, it is thin and not very crunchy.  I happened that I had a bag of unsalted hulled sunflower seeds that I was not enjoying due to the lack of salt and it occurred to me to dump some into the peanut butter and stir.  Wow! that makes a really crunchy peanut butter.

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I intended to get out early today, but it seems I am stuck in quicksand.  It is 1030 and I am still here at the desk. My health insurance expires in a week, so I am applying for new coverage.  Reading and figuring and consulting is a time-consuming job. 

Although we have no-fee basic coverage while in our home province, it is wise to have supplementary coverage for drugs and dental, etc. as well.  Travel insurance is a problem, too.  When out of country, we have no coverage at all unless we purchase it, and medical care can be catastrophically expensive in the USA.

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Now it is 1215 and I am still here at the command centre, but did manage to fill out an application and print out another -- all 35 pages, plus I got to thinking and invited people for a Sunday afternoon party to celebrate my upcoming birthday.

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 At 1242, I am still inside on a beautiful day. The phone rang and more details were required. I got that taken care of and it's 20 degrees outside with full sun and a light breeze. Now I really am going out!  Really.

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I did  few things and came back in for several items I forgot and had more forms to fill out.

A question: If I am a beekeeper, and I am, then why did I just spend the last half-hour drilling holes in boxes?  That is hardly bee work.  I have yet to lift a lid.

In fact, I did not lift a lid all day.  I did pick up dead out boxes and supers we had set out to rob, sort them, and transfer frames from wood boxes to EPS.  I also rounded edges and drilled holes on the new boxes I had picked up some time back, before putting them into service.  I worked an hour or two at a time and took breaks between as I am tired and uninspired today.

I counted 23 hives in the Quonset Yard.

The pool has almost drained now and I have to pressure-wash the inside and then dry, disassemble, and and fold it for winter

Actually, I did work on hives -- a bit.  Two swarms had set up house in empty boxes stored on the trailer during summer.  I had lifted one down beside the trailer, but the other came later and was right in the middle of the stacks area.  In restacking and sorting, I found that one to be in the way.  Each was in four boxes, so I had pulled a partly filled super from that one yesterday, and a full super from the other, then stood the supers on top to allow the remaining bees to abandon them. 

Today, I took the supers away, slid the one hive that was in the way onto a floor -- not an easy job for a heavy triple -- and slid it to one side.  Otherwise, the day was just a day of shuffling equipment. 

As I said, I have been tired and I attribute some of that to the wasp sting.  It got me right below the eye and that is a critical spot. 

As experienced beekeepers with immunity to beestings, we tend to belittle the fears of the uninitiated, but fact is that although I can take tens of stings elsewhere on the body with no effect, beestings on the face affect me a bit, especially near the eyes, and this one wasp sting has had me out of sorts for days.  Finally, this evening, the effect has almost worn off.

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