Monthly Archives: November 2015

November 28 2015

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My daughter asked me today why Canada only accepted 5000 refugees during all of World War II, all I could answer with was it was complicated …
She then asked me why we can’t accept more Middle East refugees, all I could answer with was it is complicated …
These issues are not that complicated.

November 24 2015

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Giddy as a kid on Christmas morning. This morning I bought a truck at auction to replace my main bee truck. Get her back, remove the refer, build a deck, and install the arm ready for next bee season. Today I joined the Chevy bee truck club 🙂

November 21 2015

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An short in our farm’s electrical system cut the power to all our watering heaters last night. Everything froze solid uptop leaving the cattle without their morning drink…and leaving them pissed!
All day thawing waterlines and hauling in water to free up the water flow and relieve the line up, only to do it again tomorrow until I find the electrical issue.
Welcome back cold winter farm work problems…

November 14 2015

Andre judging Farm Fair International, Edmonton AB

Andre judging Farm Fair International, Edmonton AB

Geoff, our farm tech guy, installing upgrades to our farm internet service.  50' to the top, we also hung Christmas lights all the way down

Geoff, our farm tech guy, installing upgrades to our farm internet service. 50′ to the top,

The bees sitting contently with the shed temp holding at 12 degreesC.

The bees sitting contently with the shed temp holding at 12 degreesC. Ceiling fans purging and ventilation fans running on high

November 11 2015

Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg Manitoba

Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg Manitoba, lit up in poppy red tonight to mark Remembrance Day

Missed Grandpa in the honey house this season.   This was the first Remembrance Day I did not hear the jingle of his metals as he walked into the procession

This picture taken last year, at the age of 96 helping fill barrels, We missed Grandpa in the honey house this year. This will be the first Remembrance Day I did not hear the jingle of his metals as he walked into the procession

November 10 2015

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Yesterday I unloaded the last of the bees into the wintering shed.  From peering into the entrances the hives look to be going into winter in good shape.  Nice to have the season finished again for another year.  I have a list of operation upgrades to do this winter including; buying a box pusher, setting things up for larger scale queen rearing program and upgrading my bee truck.  All these projects will wait till the new year, until then, cattle yard maintenance…

roughly 1200 hives moved in this year

roughly 1200 hives moved in this year

 

November 08 2015

flag“Proud once again to be Canadian”… Our country has just worked through a change in government with an election held at the end of October. It was an emotionally charged election campaign which brought out solid support for each of the main parties and delivered a solid mandate to the Liberal Party to govern our country. It was not the outcome I voted for but I am optimistic these new faces and fresh energy will govern our country in a respectful responsible manner.
Through out the election campaign and continuing there afterwards I keep running into a particular comment made towards the outgoing government and our country. “Proud once again to be Canadian” echoed over and over again on main stream and social media. Proud once again to be Canadian… what a disrespectful hate filled comment, its a comment that bothers me so much that here I am venting off about it. ANYONE who so openly pronounces their lack of pride for our country over simple politics indeed has no idea what actual pride for our country entails. This country was not build on one stripe or the other, or on one policy or another, this country was built by the vision of the people of this country; “I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country.” (Canadian Bill of Rights) I had a grandfather fight in the second world war for this country. He fought under our countrie’s flag with the Allies as they push through Italy, through France and liberated Holland. I had a cousin fight under the Canadian flag in Afghanistan… killed on

Private Lane Watkins, Clearwater Manitoba.

Private Lane Watkins, Clearwater Manitoba.

his first tour of duty by a roadside bomb in the Kandahar Province. Both fighting to protect the freedom we believe in and both fighting with the pride of our country behind them.
“Proud once again to be Canadian”… the people making these comment have absolutely no comprehension of what pride in our country actually is. To use the term and definition of pride so loosely shows their utter lack of disrespect for not only our country but also the people who built our country and everything we stand for.
I am proud to be Canadian. I am proud of the people who built this country, who instilled safety and freedom into our culture and way of life. I am proud of how this county can operate so smoothly with such a diverse demographic of people, religion and beliefs. I am thankful for the opportunity our country provides and for the lifestyle we have been able to achieve. Canada is a democratic free living society and our success is envied through out the world. Only the foolish and naïve can’t see that.