Saturday, August 27, 2016

Honey Bees

Apiaries & Bees for Communities
ABC Bees 
Partnering with Heritage Park Historical Village

ABC Bees is dedicated to inspiring pollinator stewardship through hands-on opportunities. In our #Bees4Communities Program, ABC Bees manages beehives for pollinator-conscious communities in Calgary. While producing honey for our partners, these beehives are actively used for community outreach and education, sharing our passion for beekeeping and honey bee sustainability.

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Nature Challenge: Day 11 ~ Texture

The Earth has Music if you just listen!!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Bruderheim Windmill ~ Heritage Park

Wilhelm Mallon and his wife Juliana emigrated from Byelorussia to homestead near Bruderheim, Alberta in 1910. Despite their hard work they could not make a living off the poor sandy soil of their farm. In order to make ends meet, Mr. Mallon used his Old Country skills to build a wind-powered grist mill to grind his neighbours' grain.

Mr. Mallon used only local materials and hand tools to build this windmill. He shaped the gears, wheels and shafts from scrub birch which he then cured and hardened in a manure pile of six months, followed boiling in linseed oil. He selected granite from the North Saskatchewan River which he chiseled by hand to form the millstones. The rest of the mill was built from lumber from a local supplier. There was not a single piece of metal in the original millworks.

To their delight the Mallons discovered that their land, although useless for growing wheat, was suitable for rye. The windmill enabled them to enjoy the traditional rye bread which was a staple of their homeland.

Nature Challenge: Day 10 ~ Grass

Happiness is .... lying in the grass staring at the sky!!


Ok, so got home a little later last night and didnt have time to go out to see what I could find along my street.

So, I thought hey going to pick up a pepper or two not only to nibble on but to take a couple of photos of as well.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Nature Challenge: Day 8 ~ Group

Ok, these guys were not impressed with me ... I think I woke them from their mid-morning nap ... I tried sneaking up very slowly but they scooted away very quickly ... quacking all the way!!  I think it was Mom & Dad with little ones.


Love Love Love These Hair Things!!  I think they are so funny looking ... they need little hats or something!!  LoL