Monthly Archives: May 2015

image Google One Today – an easy way to give

There’s an app you can put on your Android or Apple phone that’s a pretty nifty way to do a little charitable giving.

Each day One Today features a charitable cause to which you can donate $1. A buck, how easy is that? Enough of those and pretty soon there’s an impact. Recently you could give to several organizations involved in Nepal relief, to loans to farmers to buy seeds, to the spay and neutering of rescue animals, and health care for athletes of the Special Olympics.

When you sign up you can choose a broad category of giving which interests you. You’ll get a notification around the middle of the day which you can swipe away or look at. If you want to give more than $1 you can match the next number of givers of your choice.


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image bees in the beans

I was starting work in the garden this morning when I came upon a swarm of bees resting in one of our beds of fava beans.

There was a time when Tom and I would have found this alarming, but this morning it couldn’t have been more delightful. More bees, more honey, more fun!

The usual causes of swarming are either because the original hive is getting crowded or an aging queen is making way for her successor. One morning, the old queen will fly off with a bunch of bees in search of new digs. The whole gang can’t go house-hunting at the same time, so they’ll settle someplace, like a hanging basket in our garden, while the scouts are off, well, scouting. This is when bees are at their most docile since they don’t have a hive to defend. This is certainly not always the case, but the colony in hand were as gentle as gentle can be. Luckily the hives we already have are only about a few feet away and I thought I’d could pick up the hanging basket and walk it over to an empty hive box.

And that’s just what happened.

Here’s where we started: