Honey Bees Swarming

This last Saturday late in the afternoon one of my hives swarmed. This happens when the hive becomes too small for so many bees. This is also the honey bees’ natural way of reproducing. The queen takes approximately half of the hive and SWARMS. They’ll land on a tree branch or pretty much anything, but most of us has seen a large ball of bees hanging from a tree branch. Afterwards, scout bees go looking for a new home. It could be a hole in a tree or in the wall of an old barn or an abandoned house. This new place will allow the new hive to grow from approximately 10-20 thousand bees to 40-50 thousand bees.

The original hive will make a new queen, and in 16 days she will emerge. She will fly on two mating flights far from her hive so as to keep the blood line strong. Then she will go about laying 1,500 eggs a day till early fall. She can live up to five years.

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Portland Wooden Boat Show 2019

The last weekend of June, Jody and I made way 45 miles up the Columbia River and then entered the Multnomah Channel at St. Helens, Or. We cruised 18 miles up and after 11 hours tied up to spend the night at Hadley’s Landing. Early the following morning we entered the Willamette River, and 15 miles later we landed at the destination of the Boat Show, The Willamette Sailing Club! 

Most boat were on the hard along with a large tent set up with 12 families, 12 mentors and 12 “Salt Bay Skiff” kits ready to assemble. After each family along with their mentor worked all day Saturday and most of the day Sunday, they launched their unpainted boat and took them for a spin. 

There was a group from the public school system that built two “Bevin’s Skiff’s” thru the nonprofit “Sail and Oar”. They also launched their fully painted boats. 

It was lots of fun being part of all the activities. Plus what a joy to have the opportunity to cruise nearly 100 miles of our beautiful piece of the NW. 

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Captured Swarm of Feral Bees

Here are a few hives we have at the Puget Island site. We have a few
other sites with a total of 18 hives. About five of those hives are
swarms caught or hives that are slower growing and will not be
producing honey this season. If you look closely the upper boxes are
shallower, those boxes are honey supers. Each honey super when full,
will have approximately 50 pounds of honey. Approximately eleven pounds of honey equals to one gallon of pure, raw wonderful honey! The two larger
bottom boxes are the brood chambers. A healthy hive will have 30-50
thousand bees. A honey bee works 24/7 (it never sleeps) for the
length of its life which is 45 days. Except when the queen lays late
summer/early fall eggs! These bees will be winter bees, they live for
6 months. Their job is to keep the hive at 92 degrees and keep the queen

These insects are the only bugs that manufacture human food that
literally lasts forever at whatever the temperature. Archeologists have
found clay jars of honey in tombs over 2000 years old that are
wonderfully good and still have live enzymes! I feel that if folks
don’t believe in God they should keep honey bees, they truly are a

The video is of a swarm of feral bees I caught with a swarm trap I
built out of old cedar to imitate a hollow tree.

The two purple photos are honey bees on some of my lavender!

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Sailing the Lower Columbia River

Sailing the Lower Columbia river with my good friend Larry and Lil’ Josey!!

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Birds, Bees and Boats!!

This has been a busy spring. We have an Osprey family happening. We’ve caught several swarms of honey bees and hoping for a wonderful harvest of raw honey. And one of my most favorite things, sailing the seven seas … which are right in front of my house!

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A Jump On Summer

The last few days we had a few of our grand kids down by the river side with us. We did a little of everything and had a blast!! Excavating our sandy beach, sailing the seven seas, fishing, kayaking and rowing. Needless to say a good time had by all.

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2019 Sailing Season – Videos of Raising Your Mast with a Gin-Pole!

Today I launched our Dudley Dix designed Cape Henry 21 “Slough
Coot”. Happy sailing season!!

Slough Coot – Sailboat Mast Raising with Gin-Pole Part 1 from Longbottom Coffee on Vimeo.

Slough Coot – Sailboat Mast Raising with Gin-Pole Part 2 from Longbottom Coffee on Vimeo.

Slough Coot – Sailboat Mast Raising with Gin-Pole Part 3 from Longbottom Coffee on Vimeo.

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Depoe Bay Wooden Boat Show

This last weekend Jody and I along with two other members of our “Traditional Small Craft Asso. Lower Columbia River Chapter” The Lower Columbia River Raptors, loaded up some gear and hooked up boat trailers to make way south to the smallest natural harbor in the world, “Depoe Bay”. Our sister TSCA group “The Oregon Coots” (out of Eugene, OR) were the sponsors of the show. Although small with approximately 15-20 boats both in the water and on the hard, it was well attended. Saturday it was raining so hard most of the exhibitors were popsicles by the end of the day but that didn’t stop people from coming to view the wooden boats and participate in fun activities. Most of us showing were so busy I don’t believe one photo was taking that Saturday.

The most popular activity was the kids boat building tent. Wooden parts were precut, tools were provided so kids from all over could “with the help of moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas create there very own small wood boat! The kids had a blast.

All in all this weekend was one big good time! What’s a little northwest wind and rain to a bunch of Oregonians and Washingtonians!!

Below are just a few pic taken before the show of the boat and this beautiful small boat basin, “Depoe Bay”.

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Amazing Osprey

Amazing majestic birds!

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Osprey Building Nest

Today, during the break in the weather I snapped a few shots of our Osprey couple adding branches to their nesting platform.

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