Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Citation Smallie

June got off to a rough start but improved greatly. The gardens are coming along well after a cool spring . I just harvested six nice cabbage along with as many radishes as I could ever need. The bee hives got some new wallpaper ( check picture its all about marketing lol) and are getting stronger. Tony and I went crabbing on the 17th, we crabbed that weekend last year and netted 8 crabs. This year however we pulled in a bushel, lets hope it's a banner year for my most favorite crustacean. This past weekend was a wading trip to the upper Potomac with my mostly kayak less group. The fishing was tough with water up a bit from recent storms. Everybody seemed to figure it out but me, I came home with the big skunk. My buddy K figured it out big time netting himself a MD citation smallie at 20 1/2 Inches 3.3 pounds. Planning for and awesome cook out weekend and holiday. Keep Livin The Dream
Hives sporting new logo's

about half way there

Teaching little man how to hold em

That a citation right there Big Son

Monday, June 5, 2017

I don't need no dam Dr

Been a rough few weeks since my last post. I spent the end of May running around getting gardens together, beehive online and the rest of spring things, coupled with a business trip and of course too much work. In the midst of this I threw my back out and just when I thought I had that back on line I got sick with what I'm guessing was the flu. My guessing comes from the fact that I gave it to my wife for her birthday and her Dr said she had the flu. Note to Husbands your wife will not want the flu for her birthday, just saying. In the process of sneezing I also strained my back again. I cant remember ever having the flu in my life, Hell I rarely catch a cold. So this thing kicked me right in the nuts, I have felt like shit for 3 weeks its almost made me want to see a Dr, almost. The flu I think I could do but my back out and the flu is bullshit. I trudged through work thinking it was just a bad cold so sorry to my co workers if I passed it along. Me being me this past Sunday I figured I felt good enough to go get a line wet. So my fishing buddy Tony and I put the yaks in and paddled out to do some fun fishing. Fishing was excellent the perch were willing and plentiful. I also managed to snag a couple under sized stripers. Felt so good to be out that we drank some beer in celebration. Not a good idea, I was apparently not quite well yet and this flu kicked my ass all day today. Guess I'm gonna have to take it easy and maybe um you know see a Dr.
My ladies in there new homes

My beauty and her beast happy Bday and sorry for your present

Tony with a nice yellow perch

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Hey Yall

Man, I just simply been busy. Between work, gardens, hunting and fishing. The blog has taken a back seat. I had a personal goal to post at least once a month and it seems I have missed April. 20 lashes for me. So please forgive and enjoy a pic dump of me livin the dream.
Stated April out Bassing at Blackwater NWR
T man with the biggest of the day

My leak reappeared while there made it a long paddle back

Solar wax melter I built to reuse wax from the hives

grow light build they worked great for starting seed

Barge project to carry traps and decoys on more on this one later

Start of the Indigo herb garden

Benny adding the finishing touches

Wax melter putting in work

40 foot raised bed we like to go big

Back to the big garden haven't run this one in a few years

Made a new freind on a visit to the inlaws Say hi to Bella

Bella and Levi

Wax moths in my stored comb these bastard can do some damage more on a bee update later

The new ladies 

Little fire at the bike share

doing some plastic welds before i head back out dont car top a yak through a storm that hurricane did some damage

The long walk our fishing spots tend to be out of the way and away from people

what they lack in size they made up in numbers

Got busy didn't get them in the ground for a week luckily they made a full recovery

Back at the redneck gym and My back is not happy bout it

And finish it off with a sunset over west Baltimore
Fingers crossed Ill make time to post again soon:)

Friday, March 17, 2017

Top Of The Mornin To Ya

The New Flynn's in Brooklyn Md
Ill have to stop here for a pint on the way home

Monday, March 13, 2017

Snow LOL

Been a warm winter so lets get this snow storm out of the way and hope for a warm spring i got the fishing itch.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Bee News

Nine months into my crash course in bee keeping and deep into my first winter with my ladies, some of what I read and the videos I watched are making sense. I now know that one of my hives should have been re-queened ( lesson learned ). I am also amazed that despite my best efforts one hive is still alive ( here is where I cross fingers and knock on wood). Truth be told the ladies take care of their selves and I find it peaceful to just sit and watch them come and go. Which brings us to my learned lesson. We started the bee's late in the spring last year. Not knowing if there would be enough forage for them in the inner city I fed a lot of syrup to get them started and we installed planters with native flowers that bee's love all around the roof., both hive took to their new homes and were going like mad right from the start. Early on one hive was out pacing the other in terms of number and taking up space. Being a novice I didn't know weather the hive was just outstanding or if it was a normal hive and the other was lacking. I was assured from a more seasoned beekeeper that both were doing fine upon inspection and we carried on. Late in fall I noticed that the smaller hive seemed to have less traffic than earlier in the year but I assumed this was normal as temperatures were changing and winter would be on its way. This is where I probably should have re-queened that hive, I didn't know and it didn't happen. With a warmer than usual winter so far I could see bees flying on warmer days and it gave some solace in that both hives had activity. Two weeks ago with temps in the 70 I stepped out to take a break and greet my ladies, and noticed no activity in the smaller hive. After further inspection I found all my ladies dead. So last week I pulled the hive to inspect and dissect it to see what might have gone wrong. From my best guest after reading books,blogs and good ole you tube is that with low numbers the bee just couldn't keep the hive warm enough when we had our first cold snap and they all froze to death. Bummer! I found them gathered tight with heads in comb buts sticking out literally text book evidence of freezing to death.
Huddle up dead poor girls
We cleaned up the brooding frames and boxes and stored them for the spring I have two nucs coming and if my other hive makes it I will have three hives come spring. On the bright side one hive was still alive as of yesterday and still looks really strong and since my ladies won't need it in the dead hive I will get a little honey this year. I left five frames to start my new nucs and all the brood frames which have some honey and I began processing the rest today. You tube to the rescue again with video showing how to build and use a 2 food grade buckets and a filter cloth to filter and extract the honey.
Bucket with honey gate installed and hole cut in lid for filter bucket

filter bucket with 3/8 holes drilled

hive parts

honey extractor assembled

wax with honey filtering out

liquid gold
We scraped the foundations into a bowl chopped up the wax and honey put it in the filter and let gravity do the rest. Total cost for the whole set up was about 27 dollars with two food grade buckets filter cloth and honey gate. So far there is about 1 1/2 gallons filtered through which is a lot more than I was expecting.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Duck, Duck, GOOSE

The temps felt more like winter this weekend which keeps my fishing partners indoors and make me want to hunt something. Fishing last week BB and I noticed some public land with a mess of ducks and geese just kicking about. We got to thinking it would be a hell of a place to set up and hunt. I was itching to get my waterfowl hunt on having missed every opportunity this year for one reason or another. We recruited my nephew and my buddy Scooter for the adventure then went to work getting gear together. This one was gonna cost us a bit, none of us have our own decoys and everyone else we hunt with using theirs we were gonna have to bite the bullet and get our own. After giving bass pro half a weeks pay we had decoys and a bag. I also threw in a goose call just for fun and also it turns out to drive my dog ape shit. We left out late a little after 4 and arrived at the ponds by 5:45 which would have given us plenty of time to make the long walk lugging our gear and my kayak. Some young bucks got the jump on us and were on the pond we were gonna hunt which added another half mile to our walk and put us hauling ass to get decoys set up and a blind constructed. As it turns out the ducks fly early and I was still paddling out the decoys when the first mallards showed up. They weren't to impressed with the camo fat decoy in the middle of the spread and promptly tore ass out of sight before a shot was made. The geese flew in not to long after as I was removing the yak from the water. I think they caught my blind mates dozing because again no shots were fired. An hour into our hunt I noticed birds landing further down the pond and decided that maybe I could change our luck by taking a little paddle down (and get some blood pumping in my cold hands). I jumped 2 geese with no chance and a little further on I bumped the rest of the flock out at the end. I decided to sit and see if they would come back. By this time we heard a steady flurry of shots coming from the other pond where we had planned to sit, but hey that's how public land works you gotta get there early.On my paddle back our luck finally changed I stopped to relieve myself on shore and heard my guys light em up. They had a group of 5 head in and only one would make it out. Also as it turned out the spot I chose to rest backed up to a smaller pond where our mallard friends were hold up. I busted them but I had the wrong gun in my hands so to speak. It sounded like the guys and girl at the other pond were having an epic day with shots coming right up until lunch. We had a few more birds fly by but nothing would commit. We wrapped up the day around one and began our long trek back to the car. it was an awesome day and we learned plenty about our new spot and what to do better next time. Grins were worn by all and we cant wait to get back on em. We ended our day with 4 geese, one for each of us. The other group only had 6 geese and 2 duck with one duck banded. The y shot a whole lot for only 4 more birds than us but i guess that's how ya learn I'm certainly in no spot to pick on someones wing shooting. I'm still surprised when I pull the trigger and one drops out of the sky.

my paddle down the creek

nephew fixing our spread

birds in the boat

checking out the wing span
Cant wait for goose stew in the crock pot this week.