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Seeing Shadows

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Happy Groundhog Day!

Who saw a shadow today?

The closest thing we have that comes to a groundhog around here is Rosie, our hedgehog.

Rosie, clean as a whistle after her bath
Rosie, clean as a whistle after her bath yesterday

As you can see from the photo, there is a bit of a shadow.

Today I celebrated Groundhog Day by attending a Beekeepers course at Betterbee, a local supplier in nearby Greenwich, NY.  It was a daylong gathering of beginner beekeepers in which we had 6 hours of tutelage in everything from honey and candles to Varroa mites and Chalkbrood.

Keeping bees is my sunny side.  Whether they’re producing or not, they delight and fascinate me.  I also feel strongly about protecting honeybees and their habitats and promoting beekeeping.  I’m also spoiled by local honey.  I’ll never go back.  It’s just like becoming accustomed to eating your own hens’ eggs, or your neighbors’ hens’ eggs.  You experience a delicious complexity in local honey.

So for me, the day was sunny.  That doesn’t translate into me thinking we’re in it for six more weeks of winter.  I know we are.

This is Vermont!

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