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Another backlog entry – this was photographed August 5th, almost a month ago!  Bad Blogger!  Catching up though, slowly but surely, even if some of the details of these catch-up posts have gone missing from my brain.  Perfect to follow the breakfast…
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What the unholy fuck.  The game includes "Slave Tetris" to fit slaves on ships which is a new level of wrong.  If you have a Steam account, log in and report this shit.
Steam Workshop: Greenlight. Playing History 2: Slave Trade is a casual point 'n click adventure with a rich story line, dilemmas, small puzzles and mini-games. It is the second in the series, and has won several awards for its a
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Well, freedom of speech if the guy was self publishing on his own Web server. I'm astonished this got the green light from Steam though. The game publisher isn't American and has been tweeting about how this isn't racist, just educational. I'm sorry, there's nothing educational about slave tetris. 
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Pretty sure these are from Longwood Gardens mid to late 1950s.  The photos are from a batch of vacation photos Doug's father's family took - there's another one from Crystal Cave which makes me think they were driving through the area and decided to make a few stops, and these just look too familiar for it NOT to be Longwood.  Thoughts?
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I bet you are right- it does remind me of Longwood.  neat!
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A photo of Hilje (Hilda) Dijkema on the right, and her sister Ellechien dated 18 July 1927.  Hilda would've been 13 in this photo, taken at the Steenmeijer studios in Groningen.
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Yeah I know!
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This is the first time I've seen the Enlightened version of the Ingress mittens knit up - looks awesome!
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Pollen collecting has hit a new peak this week!  It appears the dearth is nearly over and their favorite flowers are in bloom.  This little lass (and a bunch of her besties) are all over the neighbor's Virgin Bower vine.  The vine has been growing up our fence (we don't mind since the flowers are so lovely) and just started blooming recently, making this beautiful white cloud of teeny, fragrant flowers.  The bees hadn't been interested in it at all really until today.  This morning I popped out to find our girls clambering all over the flowers, picking up loads of this lovely white pollen.  It's nice that they have such a short trip - maybe all of 15 feet!

In other hive news, Axiom is growing leaps and bounds.  Queen Eva (formerly queen Zelda before she followed a frame over to the nucleus hive) is producing eggs like a rockstar.  The hive is really strong and healthy to the point that I even pulled the entrance reducer today.  Last inspection, we swapped the two boxes top to bottom since they seemed to not be utilizing the bottom box as much.  They still have space to grow a bit in the bottom box, so there's no need to add a third box up.  In that bottom box, we found an old frame (one of the original four from our starter nucleus) that they had completely emptied and left alone.  The comb had turned this manky brown color (normal for old comb), so we yoinked that frame and gave them a fresh wax and wire foundation frame to work on.  Typically, when wax gets old, you're at risk for wax moths infesting the frame since they prefer old wax, so it's good to see that they cleared out the frame on their own accord and let us pull it.  I figure we can try to harvest the wax and filter it to see what we can do with it.

Hive Hyrule's first queen rearing was unsuccessful.  Typically a queen should emerge, be mated, and start laying within 30 days time.  When we inspected after a full month had passed, we found no queen and the bees were making a very agitated buzzing sound.  You could tell just from the sound alone that something was amiss.  We pulled a few frames and found that there were no eggs, but they were making queen cups which is pretty much the signal that they don't have a queen.  We transferred a frame of eggs from Axiom into Hyrule and let them start again.  Within a week, we had capped queen cells.  I think by next week we're hitting the month mark, and we should see eggs (hopefully) but we have no idea what happened to the first queen.  I had seen some dead virgin queens outside the hive, but that's normal since there can be only one queen and the victor goes about knocking off her other queen sisters until one remains.  Best we can figure, and apparently it's fairly common, is that a bird made a snack out of her on her way home from a mating flight.  I read that it's about 1 in 4 queens that don't make it home for whatever reason.  Being so late in the season though, this is our last chance to make the hive queenright.  If this queen fails to take, we'll have to recombine the hives or purchase a queen.  The way to recombine the hives is by placing a sheet of newspaper between the two colonies.  By the time they've chewed through the newspaper between boxes, the pheromones the queen gives off should equalize and allow the two colonies to coexist instead of trying to murder eachother.  Purchasing a queen can be tricky since they tend to come from the south and may contain some Africanized genes.  Our gals are so docile that the last thing I want is to introduce bad DNA into the mix which is why we're leaning more towards recombining the hives if this queen doesn't make it.

Looking forward, we need to check Hyrule for signs of a laying queen, make sure Axiom is stocking up for winter, and do an Oxalic Acid treatment for mites.  Varroa is a huge problem and probably the single greatest cause of hive loss over the winter, so we want to make sure the girls are going into winter healthy.  We decided on the Oxalic Acid vapor treatment after a seminar by our local beekeeping club.  The other treatments seem to be so harmful (and expensive) but the OA treatment is quick and easy and doesn't bother the bees at all.  After three weeks of one application per week, the mite population (if we have any) would be decimated.  I can go into deeper detail when we do the actual treatment, but talking with the club beekeepers, this really seems like the way to go.  Also looking forward, if Hyrule is indeed queenright, we may try to harvest some honey off them!  If the flow is good this fall, hopefully they can fill a frame or two for us.  We had been feeding the girls sugar syrup over the past month, but with the foraging activity going on right now, I have to hope that they'll be able to provide us with a modest honey harvest.
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+Ryan Kitko​ - neat! I'm already a huge fan of the braconid wasp and what they do to tomato hornworms. Even if the blue winged wasp was huge and threatening looking, it was no more bothered by me than the honey bees were. I have a total new appreciation for insects like this (though yellow jackets and hornets, not so much) 
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Husband returned home again and as his first act of One Local Summer head chef, he made a quick breakfast.  Let’s be honest, most of these meals are a little team effort, but I usually play sous chef to his ideas, chopping and prepping ingredients for him…
Husband returned home again and as his first act of One Local Summer head chef, he made a quick breakfast.  Let's be honest, most of these meals are a little team effort, but I usually play sous ch...
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Grapes look delicious.
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MOAR BEER!
"The Beer Yard has confirmed, in an interview yesterday with Rob Metzger, one of the founders of Chatty Monk's brewpub, that the Reading business is taking a giant step forward with plans to open a 15-barrel production brewery and large restaurant in Phoenixville next spring. The new enterprise will be housed in a 13,00o sq. ft. building on Main St. just off Bridge (behind Molly McGuire's Irish Pub) and the restaurant will have seating for more than two hundred guests."
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I showed up for the voyage on time this week for Sepia Saturday!  Yet again this week, when I saw the preview image a few weeks in advance, I had no idea what photo to use.  Thankfully that new acquisition of family photos from my husband’s family yielded…
I showed up for the voyage on time this week for Sepia Saturday!  Yet again this week, when I saw the preview image a few weeks in advance, I had no idea what photo to use.  Thankfully that new acq...
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Holy shit +Glenfiddich Whisky​​​ - this is brilliant. 
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Sepia Saturday 293: Cafe, Shopping, Canteen #SepiaSaturday

Just when I thought I’d have absolutely nothing for this week’s Sepia Saturday theme, I ended up with two photos to fit perfectly.  My husband’s parents recently moved and cleaned out the home they’d lived in for almost 40 years.  During the course of…
Just when I thought I'd have absolutely nothing for this week's Sepia Saturday theme, I ended up with two photos to fit perfectly.  My husband's parents recently moved and cleaned out the home they...
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Caught this lady hard at work today. 
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Innteresting! I had always thought it was the royal jelly doing the triggering, not the regular bee diet. One thing they didn't get into though is the laying worker. After being queenless for too long, a regular worker bee can begin to lay eggs, so the idea that their regular diet is somehow chemical castration isn't wholly accurate as worker bees have the capacity to lay eggs (unfertilized eggs, creating only drones, causing the eventual end of the hive). I'd have to search more to see if a worker bee only starts laying eggs after switching her diet to royal jelly though. 
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