Hummingbirds. Mr. Fifty Shades installed a couple hummingbird feeders and we get to see them outside our kitchen windows. We get to watch them fly in and grab some nectar while we’re eating. When they first started appearing, I would say, “There’s a little hummingbird.” But, as they are all “little,” I have revised my commentary. 🙂
Here is the bluebird house we built last year – but, instead of bluebirds, a tree swallow family moved in….you can see one peeking out from the house…
They have almost neon blue feathers and they are beautiful – but, watch out! Mom & Pop keep a close eye on their home and will dive bomb those who venture too close.
…and the bees
Our five bee hives remain healthy and active. We hope to harvest honey later this summer.
….and the flowers
We haven’t planted any flowers (yet), but, the wildflowers du jour are the Black Eyed Susans – they are all over the place!
…and the trees
Our first winter here we planted twelve apple trees. We’ve had no fruit yet until this year. At last, success! Yep, you are looking at the one and only apple. We sure hope it’s good!
Recently at Fifty Shades of Green Acres (and a few hundred miles away), some events transpired that caused a little heart action…..
Yesterday, as we walked to our mailbox, we saw this…
…a swarm of bees on one of our young apple trees.
We scrambled into our bee gear and sprang into action. Springing into action involved a cardboard box, HELD BY ME, just below the tree branch with the bees. Yes…Held. By. Me.
Mr. Fifty Shades then firmly tapped the branch and the bees kind of dumped into the box. This was followed by a bee symphony buzzing by our ears and hundreds of bees in wild flight all around us. Mr. Fifty Shades took the box and strolled over to the bee hives…
…turned the box upside down, giving it a firm tap to “encourage” the bees to go into the hive. We repeated this bee hive scene about five more times before we had most of the bees transferred from the tree to the hive.
Here’s a closer look at the tree following the transfer of most of the bees…
Bees are a bit persnickety about their living quarters, so at this point, we don’t know if they’ll remain in the hive. We sure hope so.
This day – this moment – this beautiful girl – heart pounding pride and happiness. WOW!!!