It's May Day and the sun is shining. Life is good.
We planted our peas yesterday...quite late. The dandelions are blooming everywhere in town, except on the top of the hill where we live...maybe soon. That will make the honeybees very happy. And me too! Over the next week, we will be in to recheck Avalon and make sure all is well with the Queen. We will also need to get into Dionysus and see how everyone has fared over the winter. We'll clean things up and reverse the boxes. Honeybees move upward in the hive over the winter, emptying out the bottom of food and by the time spring comes around, they are mostly living in the top box and the bottom is often completely empty. By reversing the boxes and putting that empty one on top, you work with their natural instinct to move up...sometimes they will not move down and you've got a wasted box. NOTE: you do not reverse if there is any part of the brood in the bottom box...you don't want to break apart the brood nest!
And, May First: Poetry Slam begins today, for any of you poetry writers out there. It is a bit of a take off of National Novel Writing Month where you must write a 50,000 word novel during the 30 days of November. Yikes, that's quite a task. In May, we only ask that you write one poem every day. 31 Days. 31 Poems.