When I created this blog in January, it was with the intention of creating a personal journal of my gardening and beekeeping experiences for the year. Although I've been gardening for many years, I've never been a good recordkeeper and with the addition of the bees, it seemed important that I start writing some things down. There were also some people in my life with whom I wanted to share what I was doing and a blog seemed a good way to reach many people at once. I still don't record half of what I do in the garden and beeyard, but I think I've made a good start.
With the arrival of fall in the mountains, many things start to change. My garden has quit producing summer vegetables and I'm in the process of redoing it and planting for fall. The bees have been quite productive, but it's about time to start doing fall maintenance and getting them ready for the cold weather. I've watched them closely for the past couple of days and haven't seen a drone. They are also sleeping much later in the morning and going to bed much earlier in the evening. I don't see much activity before 10:00 and they're closing up shop by 7:00.
Since there won't be much to talk about garden and beewise in the next few months, I've decided to share some different aspects of my life. The mountains will start to put on their fall show in the next few weeks. Thousands of people flock here in September and October to see the autumn colors. It's a time of many traditional mountain festivals. The views from my backyard to the Blue Ridge Parkway will be gorgeous. It's all too good to keep to myself.
Walter Bee is going to undergo some changes in the next few days. The look, layout, and content to some extent, will change. If you notice today, it's already different in preparation for what's to come. I have to thank Mark for inspiring me to do this. And also thanks, Mark, for your offer to help, but I think I've got it figured out. Blogging has opened my world to new friends in several of our states and countries across the world. I appreciate all of you who comment and hope you will continue to stop by for a visit. Maybe we'll make some new friends!
Hope you'll all enjoy fall in the mountains of Western North Carolina. I can't wait.