The calendar says that the official beginning of winter is still about a month away, but it has certainly felt wintry here as of late! Much more like the middle of January, than November . . .
~ We awoke one morning to a temperature outdoors of 12 degrees and a 4 degree wind chill . . . brr! Rather chilly weather to be out breaking ice out of animal waterers, etc. :)
The trees are mostly bare now
~ I was temporarily back to bringing all of the rabbit water bottles inside to thaw twice a day (thankfully day-time highs back in the 30's and sunshine have brought an end to that for the time being!)
~ Monday morning of this week when Leah and I were headed out to spend the day helping Ashley, we drove through a snow shower . . . the first of the season! It was so pretty to see the first snow falling gently to the ground.
Yes, winter is indeed on its way!
In preparation for this upcoming season, I spent some time a few weeks ago winterizing our beehives. In our location, there isn't a great deal that needs to be done which is nice! All that I needed to do was to remove each of the sugar syrup feeders (which was a little interesting :) - this time of year the bees do not like having their hives disrupted!), replace all of the inner covers (a thin board that goes on the top of the hive boxes and has a narrow opening in the center which helps with ventilation, etc.), put dry sugar on top of the inner covers (which not only provides an emergency food source if the bees should need it, but also helps to absorb excess moisture in the hive), and then finally, reduce all of the entrances.
Now the hives are all set until spring! Though come mid-February or so when warm days start occurring again, from time to time, I'll likely start taking quick peeks occasionally to see how things are. It's nice to have a bit of a break from beekeeping now, though I'm already starting to anticipate spring and seeing if we will have been able to successfully overwinter all five hives. This is our third year to overwinter hives and the greatest number of hives we have tried overwintering before, so it will be interesting to see how it goes!