Hurricane Harvey


Hurricane Harvey sneaked up on me. My wife and I left the Houston area 7 days prior to Hurricane Harvey hitting the Texas coast. We were celebrating our daughter’s wedding up in gorgeous Aspen Colorado. We decided to stay a little longer and returned on August 25th……coinciding with the arrival of Harvey. United pilot flew in through the storm bands circulating with Harvey and touched down whisper smooth!

On August 19th, the day after we left for Colorado, the National Hurricane Center indicated that Harvey’s circulation was disintegrating. No worries, huh? Once the storm crossed the Yucatan Peninsula and passed into the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico the energy and circulation increased. Well, my bees, in a couple of locations, were at risk from potential winds.

My biggest worry was my top bar hive in Splendora. Less of a worry were my 3 hives located up off Russel Palmer at the western edge of Kingwood. My protege, Max, took it upon himself to ratchet strap the boxes and top bar to prevent wind damage on Thursday, the day before the winds and rain began to kick up here. I had to thank him from a distance.


The top bar in the background and a triple deep Langstroth in the foreground. At the right, is an 8 frame garden hive that I had placed a strap on several weeks prior to leaving.

Now…..to Splendora. My two Langstroth hive tops were weighted down – one with a large disc brake rotor and the other with a old rusty hydraulic jack. The top bar hive was MY BIG worry. I had a couple of mechanic’s wire tie downs for the top but…….after repeated use they had broken off too short…I hadn’t yet got a “round to it” given to me to fix them …….so, Friday, the day of the Hurricane as we were driving down out of the Rocky Mountain National Park, my Goo friend John and I discussed having him repair the wire tie downs…..He was my “round to it”.

John is an over achiever and wound up putting straps on all three hives….Thanks John!


In addition to a strap on the top bar in the background he added some bricks….well done lad!

Now, to wait out this storm and hope the bees tolerate the rain! I hope my curiosity can be held in check …….. I want to visit my bees! Almost 5 inches of rain in the last 24 hours and much, much more is expected.





Sunflowers and Veggies

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My sunflowers came down during last week’s storms. The heads were so large and 10-12 feet up in the air that the roots could not hold in the saturated soil. This photo was on a better day – June 19th. It is hard to picture how big the heads are but I would guess most are 12-14 inches across. I harvested today and have spread the heads out to dry. Ate a few damp and raw seeds and they were pretty tasty.

The little tiny cherry tomatoes are a nice surprise. We had a volunteer plant show up in the flower beds and I suggested we pull it but Kathy said let it grow and see what comes of it. Well,……… It is doing well and is putting out the sweetest and prettiest cherry tomatoes. I will have to save the seed because it tolerates the heat and humidity very well. It is not staked and just trails out in the flower bed. I am still getting cucumbers, (some hide well and become very large and/or too large) peppers of all sorts and an occasional slicing tomato. I do love to see them grow. Enough for now! Bishop

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