Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Busy as Bees

Tiny signs of spring; some of our earliest crocus are up and blooming. They are a pretty pale yellow. We also see the green sprouts of some of the other bulbs and the tulips are up about 4 inches. It keeps snowing in Red Lodge, however.

Do you know about Mason bees? We want to raise honey bees eventually, but know it will involve electric fencing so have postponed that big project for now. So we are starting off with Mason bees which are wild bees and are supposedly out there every spring looking for a great place to nest. This is the nest we bought to entice them. The bees are gentle, great pollinators and do not make honey so I hope the bears will leave them alone. You can learn more about Mason bees here High Country Gardens

John finished quilting two Storm at Sea class samples for his class at International Quilt Festival in Chicago.  Chicago   He is also teaching a Lone Star class and Glorified Nine Patch. He and Kate have been busy cutting the class kits this week and we are also packing for the AQS Show in Paducah which is the following week. I like the kits they have ready for Chicago and have been eyeing the pile of leftover scraps. No time to do any piecing right now, though.

Buzzing off for now

1 comment:

FLO_rancher said...

I worry about you folks driving back and forth across this nation, a quilter angel for you shoulder. May she watch over you and keep you safe. We had a gentleman each spring who would bring boards to our house to be put in our barn and sheds to gather honey from the little bees. Each year he was generous to give us a pint of honey. With the drought he has not returned, the boards were empty. But with the moisture we have been blessed with this last year maybe he will return. Hugs travel safely, I appreciate your efforts to inspire "Us" quilters to create. Oh that "icy on the cake is wonderful". SuperNova is quite complicated..interesting. Bug in John's ear...I would like to see a quilt top done to resemble a real Windmill head>Sew Peacefully DEB};o