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#81

Sorry Marica… I should have read this note from you so in knew you were a fellow or gal. Not a big deal but want to get it correct. Hope your enjoying our partly sunny cool winter weather up there in Sno Cnty. If ya have time pop a pix or two of your langstroth hives. I am bringing in 3 5 frame deep Nuc’s that should arrive mid April or around that time. What are you doing up there bee wise ?

Enjoy the weather,
Gerald.


#82

Valli, nope ! Missed the methane leak ! Guess I’ll have to catch up. Been busy working in house furnaces. I’m a gas furnace tech so been busy n occupied so no TV news time.

You have any details?
Gerald


#83

Yah, this Davis Pro Wx station keeps me tried in with local Wx condition. It’s been a fascinating hobby since a kid. I am part of the local volunteer weather spotters n turn in daily data reports.


#84

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3391858/Invisible-methane-gas-leak-forces-thousands-flee-upscale-Los-Angeles-neighborhood.html. sounds really bad


#85

Oh Villi, been watching this Ethane not methane leak a couple weeks now. Your internet sources was incorrect with type of gas. Methane is swamp gas but store natural gas is ethane gases (different but both dangerous ). I work for our local gas company for over 15 years. We also have one or two underground storage areas up here on Washington state. Underground storage is needed so local n region utilities have extra store of natural gas (ethane gas) during winter demands. It’s kind of like having dams to store water for Summer needs ! It’s a bummer n bad when a well-head has a failure like the Big Leak in the Gulf of Mexico few years ago !


#86

Sounds terrible anyways


#87

It’s not good for either side !


#88

Today I am attending a local Beekeeping class. I’m excited because I seem to gleam a few more bits of info n experience from those that have been there before. Class is being put on by Bees in the Burbs in Maple area about 15 ms from me. I have my 3 Nuc’s ordered from them also. Going to be a great class !

Gerald


#89

No snow then? *******


#90

Washington DC is getting the snow, not Washington state! :blush:
DC is east coast, state is west…


#91

Yip ! No Snow here on the W. Coast except in the Olympic n Cascade Mtns. Here southeast 25 ms out of Seattle it’s pouring rain n 42 dgs. Early flowers are popping out. This is witch hazel.


#92

Of course it is
Silly me…I knew that
Just as well then :slightly_smiling:
Doh…


#93

Big hug to Dee. Easy to mix them up. I think the Americans did it on purpose to confuse any invaders!

:smile:


#94

Hi all ya Washitonians…

Spring 2016 is popping early again this year at least on the west side.

Our native Indian Plum that is our first good spring nectar n pollin crop is budding n popping out. Our current temps are running 3 to 5 dgs above averages just wetter than Spring 2015. Bees are peaking out n flying any warmer mild partly sunny day already. Wishing my bees were here but not until mid April. Hard watching n waiting ! I’ve been out watching other beekeepers hives to curb my beekeeping appetite.

Hope these Spring updates help,
Gerald


#95

Hi all , venture out for an exploration hike today. Found good budding out of native Indian Plum 15 miles from yesterday’s site but about the same progress.

. Not sure Pussy Willow shrubs pollen is sought by our honeybees but this Spring I am investigating n checking things out. the early blooming buds are puffed out but still be a bit before they pollen out.

It’s going to be a great year connecting the dots n learning what blooms n bees really like n use.
Gerald.


#96

My bees love it ******


#97

Okay ! Thankz Dee … I was guessing so as the pollen stage of a pussy willow are so heavy with the yellow powder.


#98

Found this honeybee on willow bud. I am hoping to get several pix’s as more willow buds pop n go into the pollen stage of development.


#99

Early pussy willow are full of pollen everywhere now !


#100

Also I saw plenty of Indian Plum nearing full bloom near our home east of Renton, along Cedar river n today in Federal Way attending a family dinner !