Spring shows its face at Shunyoso.
Snowing on Awaji today so the monkeys at Awaji’s monkey center are huddling together for warmth.
The bamboo fence for the apiary is harder to build than I first thought. Of course having to collect the bamboo, split it, find the good parts and then attach it to the fenceposts, really does make it labour-intensive.
I wish I could’ve started sooner, but since you can only collect bamboo between the months of December and February I don’t really have much choice.
I am hoping this year I can use this field, I still haven’t got the okay from the owner, but I’m weeding out the ragwort in the field anyway because once this noxious weed (Madagascar ragwort) takes root it’s a real pain to get rid of, it also makes lousy honey…
The field is honestly amazing, the perfect place for the perfect vegetables, it measures up to my checklist and everyway.
- Good soil check
- Lots of sun check
- Water supply check
- Remote check
- Up Fence check
- Fully fenced in. check
- More than enough space to do different crops. check
- Up higher than the surrounding fields. Bonus!
3kg of honey is a good amount for the Japanese honey bee (Apis cerana japonica)
The autumn wildflower honey has a mild sweet brown sugar flavour to it.
These bees are not doing well. Maybe this hive can be a test hive to see if I can move them into a different hive, or other type of hive. At present, they are in a Jubbako type （重箱式 じゅうばこしき） which I translated as “A traditional Japanese nested box style hive”, What a mouthful.
Founded in 1961 and going by the decor it’s never been refurbished or reformed. But don’t worry because the food speaks for itself, The pork cutlets are one of the best on Awaji Island.
If you are touring Awaji Island, it’s a welcome halfway pitstop.
Time to start beekeeping, setting up an old empty hive received from one of the local beekeepers. I have no idea what I am doing.
I don’t much like riding to work in snow, Riding back home sucks more if your gloves are still wet… 🙁
This is one of my favourite lunch-box spots on Awaji. On a nice day you can see from south Osaka all the way down to Wakayama with Narugashima Island smack bang in front of you .
while taking a mountain track home, forks leading to dead ends with more dead ends. I thought I knew where the tracks led. Sadly, No, and running low on gas I decided to consult the all-knowing GPS unit as my “not so hot