Floored

And it two years is all it took to get the floor started; winter is the only time I can work on the apiaries maintenance. I still need to add a door and make some of the spaces smaller so the ferrets and monkeys can’t get in. Bugs I can live with, ferret poo I can not.

Friends hives, Un-friendly have

Last year my friend’s beehives were ravaged by hornets, so whenever I have the chance I like to check on them for him during hornet season.

Now, This year’s weather has been pretty much disastrous (lucky us) for the hornets on Awaji Island, torrential rain in spring to hinder the nest building followed by a couple of huge typhoons in late summer which drove the final nail into the coffin for the underground dwelling species. As for the hornets who build up high and dry, well…. Even that practice was no match against the tree uprooting wind and the bucket loads of endless rain

  1. The Japanese giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia japonica) is called ōsuzumebachi 大雀蜂 which is literally “great sparrow bee”.
  2. The Japanese yellow hornet (Vespa simillima xanthoptera) kiiro suzumebacho (キイロスズメバチ) the English translation is the same as the Japanese name.

Equipment used

Hard

  1. iPhone 7 Plus
  2. Quad lock case
  3. iMac (Retina 5K, 27 inch late 2015)

Soft

  1. Adobe Premiere Pro
  2. Keynote

Shed update

Hatada eventually should become my biggest apiary hosting around 100 hives, in the area of the shed hopefully a potential 40 hives so I need to keep tools and hives on hand so I can rock up to the apiaries empty handed and take care of business.

Empty handed? Really? Lazy much? 

I really want to cycle there some weekends and it’s a good 70 km round trip if I  do a loop. Also I never know if I am going to be cycling, motorbiking or driving the Awaji sports car, aka kei-truck.

But the main thing I want to keep up there is a weed-eater. In the photos below you’ll notice some yellow flowers, those flowers are sadly an invasive species are pulling them out has became tiresome, so a little fossil fuel power is needed.

Weeding!

Well it’s my birthday today, so why not do something interesting on your birthday 🙂

On Thursdays, I generally check on the Hatada apiary and today I noticed that the Perilla had started to take their dance of death and turn a shitty brown and make the stone terraces look like a big turd.

I knew this is gonna happen and had been putting off weeding that section of the apiary because I just don’t like weeding and there are a lot of snakes

I had decided on only weeding around the beehives, but being Mr. can’t stop when he gets started ended up pulling all the Perilla.

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Now next, I’ve just got to get rid of all the Madagascar ragwort around the hives.

Wild sesame perilla

Following a very wet rainy season and in less than four months, the stone terraces have turned a brilliant green. At first, I had no idea what this weed was, and it turns out it’s an ubiquitous herb/spice used in Korean cuisine and known as wild sesame. It’s supposed to flower at the end of summer around September; hopefully, it’s a good nectar source. I just hope the honey doesn’t smell like the leaves 🙂