Thank you for visiting Honey Bee Suite. I want to mention that, following an unusual winter storm, I just braved a week of no electricity, no running water, no flush toilets, no propane heat, no telephone, and most importantly, no Internet connection. Ouch. All of which explains (I hope) why I haven’t posted or answered e-mails and comments for the last seven days. My in-box is scary looking.
So my plan for today, between washing mounds of laundry and dishes, catching up on e-bills, and shoveling dirt from everywhere (dirt happens when you live like a caveman) is to start answering your questions.
Please bear with me while I catch up. Every single one of my readers is important to me and I will try to keep you happy.
Thanks, Anneke. Now, what to do about all those trees?
I keep thinking about your trees! They’ve kept me up at night. Severe ice storms every 15 years is not good for tree longevity. I hear the hives made it through undamaged though?
All the hives are fine but we lost somewhere between 200 and 300 trees, mostly alder. Yesterday, it took me an hour and a half to walk to the upper hives . . . trees are lying every which way. Very, very sad.
Oh!! That’s terrible!!
A summer of replanting ahead . . . .
This storm was a doozie, wasn’t it? We just got power back last night. My mood has been lifted considerably by running the dishwasher and taking a hot shower. My cats may never speak to me again, though.
It’s going to be a sparse spring. It looks like all the early buds were damaged (on the few trees that weren’t knocked down).
I did the same thing right away–dishwasher and a hot shower. Makes all the difference.