Went to check our hive that is out in native bush area.
Massive amounts of bees and new queen cells.
Great timing as we needed a new queen for another hive and we got a quite decent split from that hive as well.
Out where that hive is it is quite sheltered and lots for them to eat so they don’t appear to have been suffering as badly with the awful weather we have been having.
A nice shot of all the bees.
Pizza inspired savoury scones for lunch.
Fresh basil from the garden. Yum. Warm with lashings of butter.
Easy as. Equal amounts of fruit to sugar. Add some lemon juice as well. Put the fruit and lemon juice in a heavy based pan and simmer for 10 to 20 minutes depending on the type of fruit. Add the sugar and stir over a low heat till the sugar has dissolved. Turn the heat up till it boils then with out stirring leave it at a rolling boil for 20 minutes or till it reaches 105 °C. Test to see if it sets. If it is all good bottle in sterilized jars.
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We bought 100 kilos of beef this week so there is no guessing as to what is for dinner. Beef!
For tonight Rick has requested Beef Wellington. So thanks to Lorraine Elliott over at Not quite Nigella I will be cooking Beef wellington for dinner.
With spring it the air we seem to have babies jumping all over the place.
With the baby goats jumping on everything that they can, and the baby rabbits generally hopping all around the place it is quite a jumpy backyard at the moment.
Here is some of the 6 baby rabbits tucking into their dinner.
My favorite if the grey and white one you can see it the middle.
Not looking forward to these little guys going to new homes around Christmas time.
My consolation is that they will make some little child very happy.
Having taught Meg how to make pasta here she is making some.
She decided that she wanted to cook her friends lunch and having no real idea as to what she wanted to cook I suggested she make pasta for them.
Well she did a great job making both the fettuccine and the vegetable sauce to go with it. Clever girl.
I feel confident that when she leaves home she will at least know how to cook something other than toast.
Well the weather seems to be warming up finally so I made sure I had plenty of salads in the garden, for all the BBQ’s that we have during the lovely Southland Summer. Today I planted 2 more types of lettuce and some Bok Choy to have in some light summer stir fries.
These are just simple raised beds, in pallet boxes. All we did was layer down a thick layer of newspaper than lots of half composted goat manure and them some fully composted soil and garden matter. Lots of food for the fast growing lettuces.
I now have 3 types of lettuces in ready for some yummy salads. In the photo you can also see 3 of my borlotti bean plants, I am looking forward to a lovely harvest of beans this year to dry and store for winter cooking.
Over the next few weeks it is a good idea to do progressive planting of salad plants for continuous harvesting over the summer months and into Autumn.
One of those days today that just progresses as you planned and just going about doing the things you do and then the phone rings. Well this was a good phone ring. It was a friend calling to see if Rick could come collect a swarm of bees that had taken up residence in a bush in their driveway near the house. Well, as is it so happens, Rick was home and he was in need of another colony of bees for a new hive that he had just built. So he was very excited to go out and go and get the swarm.
Just here he is about to put the bees in their new home and have just weighed them, about 1.5kg of bees he collected in the swarm. You can see that he is quite pleased with it all.