Hi, This is Adriana, the beekeeper from South Mountain Bees.
The weather is changing quickly and the fall colors are at peak. Yesterday was so balmy, that my son and I decided to go for a walk in the reservation. The mirror image of the autumn foliage on the reservoir was breathtaking. We didn't see any terrapins this time. Maybe it's already too cold for them, or maybe it was too busy for their sense of safety. I have to say I was impressed by the compliance of the mask requirement. We were ready to go back if we didn't feel safe, but most people wore masks properly (a.k.a. covering both mouth and nose)
Here's a picture of a terrapin on a log on October 27, last year.
The bees were also excited with the weather. After an overcast morning, they were happy to take advantage of the sunny afternoon to gather as much pollen as possible to pack up their stores for the winter.
Here you can see them flying in and out of the hive. It is hard to tell by just looking at them if they are bringing in any nectar (the sweet flower water that bees turn into honey) without opening the hive, but from the front entrance we can see when they are able to gather pollen.
They mix the pollen they find in flowers with a little bit of nectar to make it sticky to be able to pack them in their hind legs. See if you can spot the yellow/orange pom-poms that they are carrying into the hive.
Judging by the color it might be either golden rod or fall flowering crocuses. Have a look.
But the reason I'm here is because four women owned businesses got together to offer a Fall Giveaway, and I am one of them. As I promise that you'd be hearing about anything fun we are doing at South Mountain Bees, here I am sharing the news with you.
You can win all four of these gifts. Keep them for yourself or add them to your Holiday gift giving.
🌻This Saturday's Giveaway Features:
🍴12" Charcuterie Board (decorative items on board NOT included) Debra of The Whimsical Door: She makes the most beautiful wreaths (I have one hanging on my front door now!) and other gorgeous home decor items!
🥤Red and Gold Swirl Tumbler by Michaela of Joyful Always Designs: She makes beautiful tumblers, clothing and more (check out her Gold Mandala Flower- it's my FAVORITE!)
💍November Birthstone Citrine Ring by Janice of Charmed Coast Jewelry: she make minimalist charm jewelry and birthstone gifts. Her jewelry is so delicate!
🐝Fall Rosemary Soap by me, Adriana of South Mountain Bees: I make cruelty free beauty products and honey from my own bees! Check out my reels to see my bees!
The Giveaway ends Friday OCTOBER 30, 2020 at 11:59pm EST, and the winner will be announced on October 31, 2020.
Want to play? Head over to my IG to see how to enter.
Hope you have some fun playing and giving a shout out to your favorite small business. Remember, the winner could be you!
Until next time!