Another hot day!!  Only ten more days before Patty and family arrive for a four day visit so I have decided to tell the hornets to move on.  I have been feeding them and what started out as three has turned into dozens.  Now both the front porch and the lower porch have dozens of bees of all sizes lined up for their sugar water.  At first that was the only way I could keep the humming bird feeders free for the birds but now with the small children coming I don’t day let the hornets stay.  They are really very tame and they know me so when they see me coming they know they will be fed and follow me around.  They have not stung me but if I touch one or hit it by mistake I know I will be stung and if the children want to play outside I can’t take the chance of their getting stung, so today I stopped feeding them.  When I went out to finish the raspberries I walked right past their dishes and didn’t fill them.  that confused the hornets so they followed me and kept telling me I forgot something.  I didn’t give in but finally did put some water out for them.  That was not what they wanted and I hope they get the idea that it is time to move on.  They are not stupid insects but I hope they don’t get mad either.  We have a week to see if it works.  I’ll keep you posted.   I did finally get the raspberries done and they look great.  All trimmed and tied up with no old cane left.  Norman has taken that big pile of old cane down to the burn barrels and as soon as the fire band is lifted we will burn them all.  It is best to burn them so if there is any disease in them it will not spread to the new cane.  I have also got 16 pots starting new plants.   I have a new domain  www.oumapetts.com all it does is get you to this blog but it is easier to remember when you want to tell someone else where to go to see what is happening on the farm. Here is a picture of my great grand daughter, Regina age three and a picture of myself when I was three.  That is my brother, Warren with me.  I miss him alot but have happy memories.  I like to compare the pictures of the next generation to the ones of me and see if I can see any of me left in the world.    the last picture  is the raspberries before I trimmed them.  Every cane that had berries on them have been cut out , that means all that you see and it has been replaced with new cane.  Now the cane is only about 4 foot tall.  By fall it will be over five foot tall and need to be trimmed again. Have a great day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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  1. Joyce Larrabee says:

    Like your pics. Your great-grand-daughter is very cute. Hope your bees leave for awhile so no-one will get stung. Have a good night. Very nice here today.

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