Thursday, 30 June 2016

Sourdough Bread

Although I can't eat bread, I make bread for my family to enjoy and have since my children were very young.
My daughter, Jesika, started me off with a pure wild yeast Levain and this started me making my own sourdough only a few months ago. Within the last month a friend loaned me a book called "Flour Water Salt Yeast" by Ken Forkish. This took my bread making to a whole new level and my loaves now look like the artisan bread purchased in bakeries. Although I still can't taste it, the loaves disappear quickly which tells me that my family do enjoy the bread I make.
June weather in southern Ontario has been extremely hot and dry this year. Air conditioning is just something we don't use if we can stand the heat so Chris put the last loaf on the BBQ to cook and it turned out wonderful in the cast iron.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Northern Black Widow

When we were setting the hive boxes up to get ready for the bee nucs to arrive, I discovered an unusual spider...

I have never seen a spider like this before and it looks like with some research that this is indeed a Northern Black Widow.

James took the bottom frame about five feet from the hive and dumped it out on the ground. What is really creepy is that we went in the hives two weeks later to inspect our new bees and it was discovered again...this time it was under the lid. This time Jesika deposited it away from the hives.