We had a bit of a hailstorm today, I looked at the Hellebore in the front yard, it posed for me, holding some of the hail in it's 'hand'!

Well, THAT didn't take long! I just built and installed several new bird houses and the chickadees found them within hours! This particular bird house has been getting a LOT of action from several different birds. I'm sure it's only a matter of time before someone moves in!

Woke up this morning, to SNOW on the daffies! What a surprise, it so pretty!

Spring is not yet officially here ... but Spring is in the air! Today, I spent most of my time building beehive stands and bird houses. And would you just look at the colors - it almost looks like the kind of Easter basket I would be delighted with each year!

Locked down the incubator this morning! That means "no touchie until hatchie!"  I'm not sure where the term "lockdown" came from ... sounds  like it was coined by someone who watches too much television. But the word does convey the principle ... leave the eggs alone!

This weekend I wrapped up most of the garden fence project. The only thing I still need to do is run tensioning wire across the very top of the long sides of the garden. I will also run a wire along the bottom, about six inches off the surface of the ground in case small animals lean up on the fence or try to push through it. This was a lot of hard work, but now I can be assured that no deer, rabbits or other critters will be able to eat my garden! It's been a real struggle over the years.

With Spring right around the corner, I am starting to mass produce birdhouses in my woodshop. I like this particular model, in that the side swings out for easy cleaning. Will be putting up several of these on the property once they are painted and ready to go!

It's that time of the year to start incubating eggs! Thanks to my neighbor and friend, Sally, I've got 24 eggs incubating now. Today, they are 1/3 of the way and are ready to be candled! Candling eggs is a means of determining which eggs are developing and which are not by holding the egg in front of  a bright light source so you can see what's inside! This Mann Lake PP371 32-Egg incubator has built-in candling lights, so it's basically as easy as turning on the light! Additionally, this little incubator allows you to add water without lifting the lid.

Wow, the weather today was amazing! I noticed hundreds of bees out in front of the hives today and in my flowerbeds so I decided to pull the hive apart while they were out doing their bee duties. What I found made me happy, and proud. In the bottom super, the cells are empty but still surrounded by some honey on the outer edges. There were also partially filled pollen cells. I didn't see any eggs but I didn't look that hard - it's still early and I know the hive is healthy so I wasn't too concerned. The top super still had a lot of honey in it.

Beautiful day in February, my first Hellebore bloom, hurry up, Spring!

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