Our life living off the land in our log cabin, breathing fresh mountain air, and getting back to basics.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Our First Fire of the Season & Busy Honey Bees

We woke to a nice chill in the air (53 degrees, not too bad, but all the windows were open so it was cold inside) and decided it was time for our first fire of the season (in our wood burning stove).  We've considered it before, but were waiting until we could really enjoy the contrast of the warmth inside and the chill outside.  It was lovely...
 ...Mountain Man and I with cups of steaming coffee, gazing as the flames danced before us.  Pogo and Fluffy enjoyed the warmth too, each stretched out near the stove.  A perfect way to begin the day!

But then it was time to get busy.  Johny finalized the deck plans in order to get the supplies.  I cleaned and went to pay a long overdue visit to Bertie, my friend up the mountain (it was a nice visit and she showed me her most recent acquisition of exquisite costume jewelry...there might be a gem or two hidden in there too).  The day progressed busily as always.

Speaking of busy, I was fascinated by the honey bees working busily on our Rose of Sharon bush.  I now KNOW the meaning of the term 'busy bee'. 

This is a honey bee,doing her daily work.  Notice the pollen all over the flower.

She is a worker bee, and sucks the nectar through her tube like tongue, then stores the nectar in her honey belly (a separate stomach from her food stomach, though she can access it when really hungry).  You can see her tongue in this photo.  Pollinating is really a secondary job, though, as you can see, they are quite effective, considering how much they collect on their bodies as they go along sucking nectar!
Look at her!  Full of pollen!
I found this bee on our porch banister, trying to clean itself.  It is covered in pollen!
Fascinating creatures.  And harmless as long as you don't distress them; they are not aggressive and prefer sucking nectar and pollinating things than stinging humans:)

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Anonymous said...

Ahhh. Such a cute bee.

Yourself ... live long n prosper, with cherished memories.

-An occasional reader, CA

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

Your fire looks so inviting. We camped last week, in northern Missouri and woke up to 53 inside the camper. We quickly found the little heater to warm us up as the coffee was cooking!

Dad/Pepere said...

Thanks for the close up of the hone bee...it is so fascinitating to see the accumulation of pollen on the body. So, it was 53 was it...it's just the beginning.
Soon you will need a parka and snowsuit! Hugs!

Lise said...

Thank you occasional reader from CA, I do believe I will live long and prosper with this log cabin life:)

Now that is cold Patti, have to be grateful for those portable heaters!

And yes dad, I know. I am actually really looking forward to the cold winter, though I guess that means we won't be seeing you around here for a while, LOL! The only time it gets into the 70's now is mid afternoon, and that is the low 70's and it doesn't last long!