Friday, 24 October 2014

In the garden and doodling

Hello, today has been another glorious spring day and early this morning I took heaps of photos of what is flowering in the garden at the moment.  I am also overjoyed that both my bush/dwarf beans and climbing beans have germinated and are bursting out of the soil.  Because I have so many photos, I've put some into collage form to make it easier than scrolling on forever through this post.  Flowers first.


While snapping photos, I saw this bee drinking nectar from Ajuga flowers.

I love this next photo, so happy with how it turned out


These are the bush or dwarf beans.  The fuzzy bit in the photo is the netting we have in place to protect the plants.  Unfortunately it doesn't stop the slugs and snails.



Climbing beans.
So in amongst the gardening the last few days, I've been popping up to the studio for an hour here, half an our there and had some fun doodling with pen and water colour pencils.  Some of these little doodles might make it onto a card.  I've not done this type of sketching for some time and feeling rather rusty.





I could have reduced the size of these images so you can't see all the rough bits and mistakes but I'm really not bothered.  The yellow flowers in the white jug with the blue pattern is my favourite.  Lots of improving to do.

Wishing everyone a lovely weekend.

Anne  xx

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Hello, spring is definitely here and this dwarf eucalyptus tree on the boundary of our neighbour's property is flowering beautifully.  The bees love it.
 




More work has been done on the canopy for the studio.  A little more to do and then it will be finished.  A balustrade is being built too.



And just because I've been thinking about our Europe holiday from 2012 a lot recently, here are two photos taken in Provence.  Such wonderful memories.




We've enjoyed a wonderful day of sunshine and warmth today.  I hope the weather is treating you well wherever you are.

Anne xx

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Home grown beetroot

Beautiful home grown beetroot picked and washed.


Baked in the oven after being tossed in olive oil, seasoned with salt and flavoured with home grown thyme.


Ready to eat after removing the skins.  Served with cauliflower au gratin, home grown carrots, potato wedges and green beans.
 

Deliciously sweet.


Anne xx

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Another project

So hubby is hard at work on another project, this time a small but complex (in my opinion), addition to the studio.  He is making an awning to go over the doorway to stop rain coming in under the door.  He made the curved pieces of the awning himself which I think is very clever.  What this man of mine can turn his hand to is remarkable.  The awning is still being built and timber yet to be painted but the photos below will give you an idea of what it will look like.  The roof section will be covered with Laserlite, a polycarbonate clear roofing sheet so as not to impede the light coming in through the glass door.
 


Sunday saw me having another good clean up in the garden, snipping, pruning and weeding.  It was the perfect opportunity to divide up a few potted plants that had got rather big.  One was this little cacti which I divided and re-potted into this little ceramic pot that use to be my Grandma's.  I put some new wire on it so it could be hung in the garden room.  I think it's rather cute and I know my Grandma would be pleased her little pot is being used again.  Grandma was a wonderful gardener, she would have had one of the best gardens in the little town where she lived after my Papa passed away.



This photo was taken out at my Papa and Grandma's little farm.  Papa and Grandma with my siblings.  I'm the baby, perhaps the red hair gives it away. 

In our neighbour's garden and hanging over our fence just a little is this magnificent magnolia tree which has delighted us this year with many beautiful blooms.




Aren't the blooms amazing?!  
 
Bee update.  We have been advised by the bee supplier to continue feeding our bees sugar syrup for a little bit longer.  The sugar syrup is made up of two parts sugar to one part water and heated until the sugar is dissolved.  Easy.  I made up a batch this afternoon and hubby put it up at the hive this evening.  I'm sure they will be pleased to see breakfast tomorrow morning.  
 
Anne  xx


Sunday, 12 October 2014

Opening the bee hive

Today hubby and I opened our new bee hive for the first time to check the health of the hive and the amount of space for the hive to grow.  The weather was perfect, warm and still.  After suiting up we used the smoker to calm the bees and then the lid was lifted.

The bee keeper.


It was an amazing sight and I feel so privileged to have the opportunity to see these amazing creatures at work.




Plenty of room for growth.


 


The nursery.  You can see the larvae in the cells in these two photos.  Isn't it amazing?!

I was so happy with how this photo turned out.  The detail is so good.

So after having a good look at the hive, seeing that all was well, noting where the honey was and that for the moment there is room for growth, we put the lid back on.  We probably took a little longer than we should have due to our inexperience as we noted some of the bees were getting a little upset.  A little more smoke was required and they quietened again.  All during the time we were working with the hive, the bees were very happy and didn't bother us at all.  There was no sign of aggression and they were happily going about there business which made it much easier for me to take these photos.  

I hope you've enjoyed seeing our bees up close and personal as much as we did.

Anne  xx