Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Checked on the hive yesterday and it looks like we'll be getting some honey from the girls this year.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Mid-August Pics

After much searching I'm finally finding some Monarch Butterfly caterpillars.

Possibly one of the parents of the above caterpillars.
Eastman Sweet apple
I had high hopes of tasting this apple as the tree produced 10 or 12 nice apples. Sadly all but two disappeared last week. I blamed coon for taking them and set a "dog-proof" coon trap under the tree. Today when I checked the trap I noticed that the last two apples were gone, so now I'm blaming squirrels for their disappearance.
This Liberty apple tree began life as an Antonovka seedling in 2008.  In 2014 I grafted it with Liberty scion and this year it's carrying a nice crop for the first time.
Chestnut Crabapple has proven to be a delicious surprise.  What it lacks in size it makes up for in taste with a wonderful mix of tart and sweet flavors.

The wild Plums are almost ripe. They make an tasty snack while on my morning walks.

I'm rebuilding the fence around the bee hive and the orchards are in need of a mowing. My fishing trips have suffered greatly this summer.