May 16, 2012

A weekend in May

Thanks Mom and Dad/ Mary and Bob for the seeds.  They are already popping up!

Brand new maple leaves.

BBQ-ing our dinner. Pork chops from our local Deutsche metzgerei (The Smokehouse of the Catskills). 

Hickory tree.  They are rare these days in America because they were nearly all harvested for tools and furniture over the centuries.

Morning aloft.

Working on another cord.

To the right is the cord we cut last year.  It is made almost entirely of maple that had fallen last winter (2010).  It will be great fuel next winter! To the left is a mix of oak and ash that fell during Hurricane Irene.

Sunning spider awaiting a meal.

Making a carpenter bee trap. We learned it from a local captenter and bee keeper who has been doing restoration work on our cabin. Tom Colucci's his name. Carpenter bees seek out dry exposed wood to bore a perfect 3/8 inch hole in, nest, and then pack with protective wax.  Three months later a new carpenter bee emerges.  To avoid using pesticides we drilled the same 3/8 inch holes into blocks of  pine and hung them under the eaves where the bees insist on boring. Tom told us to line each hole with paper so that once bees nest you can pull the paper out and toss it. We are going to go with out paper and just scoop out larvae out ourselves.


  1. Nice workshop!

    So there is no way to just let the carpenter bees live? They play an important role in pollinating certain species.

    1. Yes, and we are fast at work on that. We are cleaning/staining/sealing the logs this summer, which will make them far less appealing to wood borers. Right now the logs are just dry, exposed wood, and to insects they are still trees (their home). In the meantime we have to stop them from boring holes (and then come the woodpeckers that then peck massive holes in search of the bee larvae!). But we're definitely working toward not having to do any killing.

  2. Awesome work, very glad to hear that. I had just been to a bee expose at the local agriculture school and learned that there are tons of species of bees and except for the honey bee, different bees are responsible for pollinating different, specific plants. So every species counts, including the pesky and voracius carpenter bees.