The Bee Question Answered
Actually - this happened on Sunday - Col delivered my (our?) bees in their hive!
|J4 trying to get a bee to crawl onto his hand!|
|The funny 'hat' is to help stabilise the hive's temperature.|
|The hive entrance.|
Did you know that most of Australia's bees are solitary? It is really fascinating stuff. This is a great site for information about our native bees.
On Monday (Day 11) Mr Skivvy and I worked our b...s off, only stopping once for lunch. I didn't realise how hard I had actually worked him until he left (after a mug of tea). But we felt really good about it.
Almost since we moved in to this house over 5 years ago Himself (especially) has been concerned about the possibility of children falling off the edge of the lawn, over the retaining wall, and onto the pavers under the deck. This worry increased after we landscaped the backyard - and added an extra 'step' to this drop. And one child, visiting to play soccer, did fall down this first 'step'. So a few weeks ago we bought the materials to prevent this happening.
This is what it looked like 'before', or with only the fence posts up. Getting them lined up and vertical was the longest part of the job - seeing the retaining wall base isn't perfectly aligned itself.
And then after all our hard work......
|This shows you exactly what the drop is like - and why Himself was concerned about it!|
|The final result - not bad.|
Now I have another trellis to grow vines on. Or I wonder how espaliered fruit trees would go here? Whatever I do, they will have to be in large pots sitting on the gravel on the far side of the fence. Hmmmm?
Today J4 & I added four further trellises to the garden, two at each side. I would rather not have them, I don't think they add to the aesthetics of the garden. Their purpose then? To reduce the frequency with which the soccer ball goes over the fence into the neighbours yards! They have been placed directly behind the goalposts.
Are you getting a picture of a family of soccer mad boys?
As promised - here are the before & after photos of the felted woollen vest I finished refashioning on Friday.
It started out as a daggy hip or thigh length grey woollen jacket.
|After felting, before refashioning. 15mm hole near bottom right front.|
|After refashioning. Suffolk Puff & button flowers cover the hole, repeated at neck opening. 6 strand embroidery floss in matching colour to buttons, used to buttonhole stich around armhole openings.|
It is intended as a gift for someone special. I hope she likes it. But what do you think?