Swarm of Bees

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Swarm of bees this afternoon. Beekeeper Albie came over, suited up, went up a ladder with a box, Evan tugged on a rope under the swarm and they dropped into the box, Albie has another colony.

Bees swarm when the colony gets crowded. They will create a new queen and the old queen will leave with half the colony, seeking another nesting place. Bees fill up with honey for their departure, and are mellow when swarming. Bees are an 85-million-year-old species; their MO fascinating.

More details:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swarming_(honey_bee)

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My New eBike

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After a few years of internal debate, I got a Specialized Turbo Levo pedal-assist ebike and it’s changed my life. It’s drawing me out into the hills and yes, I know the purist objections to motorized assistance, but first, you get a break once you turn 80, plus is it FUN! Like having super powers.

Here I am having returned home after sinking down and falling over sideways (me + bike) in bottomless puddle on fire road; note mud on leg and sleeve. Embarrassing, but no harm.*

I’m working on my biking skills, like looking where you want to go, rather than fixating on what’s immediately in front of your wheel. Not only does it have a fine motor, but it’s a kickass off-road bike.

*Whenever i fall — skateboarding, cycling, or just tripping — the first thing I do is look to see if anyone saw me. Then, I check body parts for injuries. This time, other than getting soaked in muddy water, there were no onlookers or injuries. Onward!

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1860s Farmhouse on 12½ Acres in Maine, $325,000

We are a carpenter/gardener couple who have been restoring our 1860s Greek Revival farmhouse for the last 30+ years. One of our goals has been to live self-sufficiently and conscientiously, and we believe our home and gardens uniquely reflect this.

The house includes three bedrooms, a large beautiful kitchen, dining room, living room, library/office, studio, pantry, mudroom, two full bathrooms, and an airy, screened and glassed-in sunporch. Connected to the house by a long porch, is a 25′×36′ two-story shop/studio, and a woodshed and storage area.

Behind the house are established organic vegetable, and perennial flower gardens, fruit trees, and blueberry and raspberry bushes. A Nearing style 10′×20′ stone, glass and wood greenhouse extends the gardening season at both ends, and provides a lovely refuge on sunny, cold winter days.

Hard as it is for us to leave this, our children are grown and we no longer need this much space and the large gardens. We hope a younger family looking for a similar lifestyle will get as much joy from it as we have.

–Joe Stanley

House and 12.5 acres – $325,000: richmondmainefarmhouse.com/house | woodtools@yahoo.com

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Tiny Home in Maine

April 6, 2020

Dear Lloyd,

A photo of our daughter’s house

I have been reading your books for years (and have given them to my kids) and, more recently, your blog. I studied architecture in college (in the 70’s) and when your Shelter book came out I wore it out reading it. It has influenced the last forty years of my life as a builder/carpenter.

Ours is a relatively sustainable and self sufficient lifestyle, and one our kids have adopted as well. Our daughter has been living for the last 5 years in a 7′×10′ house she built, with no electricity or running water, and is building a traditional Washington County peapod (a double-ended wooden rowboat). Our son is currently living in a 42″ wide × 10′ long shelter he built to live in, while building a tiny house for a college acquaintance. before that he was living on a 36′ sailboat he fixed up and sailed solo across the Atlantic to the Azores.

We are preparing to sell the house in which our two kids were born and grew up, and on which we have worked for the last forty years. My wife created a website so we can sell the house ourselves and I thought, perhaps, you might like to see the photos of the house.

Here’s a link to the website richmondmainefarmhouse.com

Thanks for all the inspiration — just wanted you to know that you’ve had quite an impact on our lives.

Best wishes to you,
Joe Stanley

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