Today I leave you with a picture of my bees because last night was the end of them. That is right, even though it is August 13th and in the lower 48 hot sticky days of summer remains, fall weather is coming to Fairbanks fast. So fast in fact that I have had to sweep yellow leaves off of my deck TWICE already. And so even though we collapsed the hive boxes down last week, took most of the honey inside and they were waiting for the rest of the baby bees to hatch the wait was over. Man I have learned SO much this summer from my neighbor about the world of bees. How blessed I have been to have such a mentor. And as the two of us vacuumed up around 10,000 bees last night I was in for another lesson. Being a beekeeper is never a boring job folks, never.
And so with the honey set to sit for awhile in his garage and six bee stings in my hands that is the end of this portion of our little homestead. The garden is still going strong but the cooler/rainy days have slowed things down. Those silly pumpkin plants of mine that decided they did want to live late in life are producing small pumpkins. My wish right now, as I go out and cut off flowers every day, is that the plants will work hard enough this fall to make those small baby pumpkins grow big enough to actually enjoy. We will see. Next week I will be sure to update more on the garden itself. But tonight with swollen hands and the taste of sweet honey on my lips I close one more chapter of my 2015 summer.