Monday, February 27, 2012

Stuff Happens...or this is why I don't own a dog

My bees died. I blame the weather. One day it's 70 degrees, the next day, 30. They absconded. When I did my pre-winter inspection, they were all accounted for, including the queen, healthy and happy, with plenty of honey for their winter feed. The other day was springlike, so I thought I'd take a peek and see how they were. Dead. The handful I could see, that is. The rest were gone. My beekeeper's guide has assured me that this will happen to every beekeeper at least once. But still - I get attached - hence my post title. They were so gentle. They climbed all over me, a la Idgie Threadgood, and they never stung. Not even once.

The one consolation is the four jars of amber hued honey I was able to glean from the ghost town of a hive. I did order more bees which will be coming in May. But still...

So how do I cheer myself up when I'm down? I think about my friend Kathy eating her favorite candy:

"A merry heart is good medicine."

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Postcards from the edge (of the world)

Had a great time - wish you were here xox

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Kiwi Thrifty

An amusing and diverting time was had by all in the company of my daughter and her lovely mother-in-law, Helen. Thrift shops here are called op shops. Opportunity knocked and I answered.

I found a few cool things--and not for very much money might I add being the "Bargain Betty" that I am--my favorite score being New Zealand pure wool plaid blankets in excellent condition; not a moth hole to be found.

Also, a teatime loose tea scoop from Australia which, I may use for tea or wear as a pendant; still deciding.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

For he's a jolly good fellow

"There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.”
~~Charles Dickens

"Or ginger slice, for that matter."
~~Curious Acorn

Happy birthday, Charles Dickens!

P.S. Speaking of birthdays, my daughter Joy is having a birthday giveaway at her blog Paper Canary.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Just checking in...

Hey everyone!

We've been busy adoring the latest grandchild in the land of the long white cloud (New Zealand).

Will be catching up to all your lovely blogs tomorrow!

I want to thank my most talented son-in-law Rhys who created the new look on my blog. You can visit his photography website at

See you soon xx


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