Darkness continues to creep in as our daylight hours are shorter and shorter, but not for long; the winter solstice is just around the corner. At noon today the temperature was pushing 54 degrees; dark, heavy cumulus clouds hurried across the sky being carried along by cool winds from the northwest. At times the rays of the sun would pause for a moment with their warming embrace.
Along the sheltered edge of the hay barn there is a little patch of dandelions making a very early appearance due to the above normal temperatures that we have enjoyed for the last few days. To my amazement I noticed bees, almost a quarter mile from their hives, busy gathering pollen from the yellow flowers. Notice the orange pollen on her pollen sacs. In a make-believe world I can just imagine the bees encouraging each other saying, “Hold on girls, we still have some rough weather in front of us, but we have a pretty day today, we can do this.”
I made a walk-by inspection of the hives during a particularly sunny period and found all were very active, even the small nucleus colony that I am trying to carry through the winter. After a most wonderful day, my wish is that the spirit of hope, of joy, of peace and of love embrace each of us as we travel along our different roads. . . .”