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Homestead Update 11/11/17

11 Nov


Fall finally arrived here at the homestead and the trees are starting to show their colors.


I planted an acre of greens in the back bottom right before we received an inch of rain and I got a tremendous emergence! I have more German Mustard, Florida Mustard, and Turnips than we could ever pick. Oh well, I am willing to share them with the deer and other wildlife.


I still have some flowers blooming in the wildflower garden, but I don’t know what they are. The flowers look like cosmos, but some of them are 8 feet tall! Hopefully, next Spring I will have a good emergence from the flowers I had this this Summer that went to seed. And yes, I know that bee hive is leaning badly, I will get out there and straighten it up today. Keep prepping everyone!


Homestead Update 10/25/15

25 Oct


The weather finally took a turn towards Fall this past week. The trees are finally putting on their colors and now the weatherman is predicting 4 days of rain so the rain will knock the leaves off before we have time to enjoy them.


I went through my hives and put my bees into their winter setup. This is one of several nice frames of honey I am leaving so they can have plenty of food to help them survive the winter. If you enlarge the picture and look closely, you can see several small hive beetles on the honey. There are way too many beetles in this hive. I made some beetle traps using old political signs, Crisco, and boric acid. I put one trap in each hive and I am putting another in the top of this hive tomorrow. I hope this takes care of them. I learned a lot about bee keeping this year, mainly what NOT to do. I anticipate having better luck next year, we’ll have to see how it goes.


Most of the area farmers are only about a week away from completing their cotton harvest before the rains set in, and so far the yields are fairly good. This is a field I check each week. I wish the sun had been shining when I took this picture, it would have made a pretty picture wouldn’t it?


Here at the homestead, I finally got around to filling up the fuel transfer tank I bought last Spring. After I cut off 3 feet on that old trailer, the tank sitting on it balances the trailer perfectly. Even with fuel in the tank you can pick up the tongue of the trailer quite easily. Before I filled up the tank I wanted to test it out, so I only bought 25 gallons at first. I hooked up the pump to a battery and the pump whirled but no fuel came out. Uh-Oh! I checked the vanes on the pump and they looked OK. There is a plastic, pressure valve in the pump and it seemed to be a little stiff so I sprayed it with WD-40. I put the pump back together and it worked perfectly. WD-40 works miracles doesn’t it? After I was sure the pump was working and the tank was not rusty I went ahead and filled it up with diesel while the price was down to $2.24. That’s as cheap as it has been in several years, so I figured now was a good time to set some aside for later. Keep prepping everyone!

Mr. State Trooper

11 Nov

Today I was walking around the homestead taking pictures of the Fall colors.





The trees are just ablaze with color. And as I was taking pictures I saw this,,,,


UH OH, someone was going too fast by the homestead and got to have a nice chat with Mr. State Trooper Man. Slow down people, The Man is watching everywhere!

Hornet’s Nest

21 Oct

The trees are really taking on their Fall colors.



We had a cool front pass through last night and dropped an inch and a half of rain. It also left some wonderful, low humidity bluebird skies.


Even the dogwoods are getting in on the act with their blood-red leaves and bright red berries.


As I was walking around admiring the scenery, I spotted this big hornet’s nest. They are still flying around going in and out of the nest. It is too high for me to reach, or I might cut it down this winter after they are gone. When I was a teen, I found one like this and cut the limb and kept it in my bedroom for several years. Even years later, my mom was always worried some hornets would come out of the nest. Get out and enjoy the Fall Weather if you can, Winter is on the way!

Fall Foliage Pt. 2

30 Oct

Sweet Thing and I took a ride around the area, the Fall colors are really showing now. We didn’t get the freeze the weathermen were predicting so maybe the colors will hold up a while longer.


A stiff breeze blowing the flag atop the bank building.








Even the hostas in our yard are turning colorful.


This is a Japanese Maple in our yard. You can see it is showing 2 colors. The red is the lacy style leaves which were grafted onto a rootstock. The rootstock put out a shoot from the bottom, It has yellow leaves as opposed to the red leaves of the grafted variety.

Fall Foliage

28 Oct

We are finally starting to see some fall colors in the foliage now. It is a little later than normal, and probably won’t be as pretty as it could be because of the hot dry summer we had. I think the peak viewing will be the next week. We are predicted to get freezing temperatures tonight so that might turn them brown instead of turning nice colors.

I’ll try to get some better pictures next week.