Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Posted by KT Patrick Bothwell at 6:03 AM
Saturday, May 17, 2008
After our dissapppointment with the chicken eggs earlier in the month, it was a real excitement to get our package of bees to hive in our beehive in the yard. A huge thank you to Tom Ricks for sharing one of his packages with us, thanks! Here is what the bees look like when they come via the mail. We kept them in the basement for about an hour and then I put them into the hive. The queen comes in a special cage that the other bees free her from after you place her in the hive, they do this by eating throught the 'candy' that plugs the cage entrance. We will leave them alone for a week or so and then check to see that she is laying eggs and all is well. We have been waiting for some bees for over a year now, so either it was the adrenaline from handling 3 lbs (11,000) of bees or it was a long awaited event, either way, we were all really joyous! They are really very peaceful and easy to handle. The kids and I built the hive last year from a kit with my sister maggie, but didn't get it started in time for last season, so a year later, hooray, they are here! Originally we were getting some Gray Caucasian bees ( a russian strain) but that farm didn't work out. These are Italian bees from Rossman Apiaries. The first day the ants found the hive, but a sprinkle of cinnamon around the hive and the top solved that problem. We are excited to watch them work.
Posted by KT Patrick Bothwell at 5:38 AM
Friday, May 16, 2008
Kurt and Alex both received their Green Belts in Tae Kwon Do this evening. We are so proud of them, Kurt on his leg's recovery especially. The belts will get harder from here. Alex is really enjoying the sparring class that they have added that he takes on Saturdays with Kurt. Go Green Belts!
Posted by KT Patrick Bothwell at 5:26 AM
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
We went to explore the waterfall nearby the other day and discovered that they had started filling the pool. When we first arrived they had had the water on a hour and it was just under the diving board up to your knees. We checked back freqeuntly over the next couple of days watching it be filled. The kids enjoyed this, as they have asked every year how long it takes to fill the pool and what it looks like, etc. So this time we got to watch it in action. It takes about 2 and a half days to fill. This photo is from about five to six hours before filling is complete. Alex, Emma, Owen and a friend Beck also rescued a lot of tadpoles from the baby pool as the rainwater was being drained from it. We brought them back to our pond to hopefully add to the amphibian orchestra at night.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
This was the most wonderful creek adventure by far. This is from when we went to Sugar Creek with the Roamschool friends. While an adventure to find in Southern Tennessee, this is magical spot. My friend hid a letterbox here, so directions to the creek are on her clues here (link in a bit), in case you ever want to visit the creek. It sits right along an old cemetery, and the road crossed the creek in this spot twice below a suspended bridge. We explored all day, floating, finding fish, crayfish, geodes, doing rubbings in the cemetery, playing pretend/dress up with capes and wands and swords in the trees, visiting the cows and horses. The most interesting markers in the cemetary to me were the ones that said "consort of" in lieu of wife, son, daughter, husband, etc. and then the won that simply stated "Born" and then the date and then "Murdered" and then the date. I was taken back to when I studied a lot of the cemeteries in New Orleans when I was little visiting my nana one summer.
Posted by KT Patrick Bothwell at 5:13 AM
Monday, May 12, 2008
Posted by KT Patrick Bothwell at 4:59 AM
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
When asked what she wanted to celebrate way back in December, Emma told her Grandparents she wanted a bonsai tree. She has been fascinated by them for a while, and has checked out all the books at the library on them. They couldn't find a bonsai in December, so she was told to keep her eye out for one that fit the bill, and today she saw it at a store we were at, so it came home with us and now graces our table on the deck. We look forward to learning to care for it, it has already added an element of peace as we sat outside with the candles lit and listened to the frogs next to Emma's little tree. It is a Japanese Juniper and it is 7-9 years old.
Posted by KT Patrick Bothwell at 10:07 PM
Friday, May 9, 2008
Went searching for waterfalls today while Beck was over playing. Went in MSSP and by the waterfall near the pool in the neighborhood.
We went off the trail and just walked down the creek bed. The boys found some neat rocks and had a grand time busting rocks open by throwing them against the large, steep rock walls around us. It was like being in an untravelled part of the woods.
Posted by KT Patrick Bothwell at 9:56 PM