Surprises from trees

Mondays is farm project day. It gives my husband and I chance to see each other for free. Also,  keep things from falling apart around here. This week the project was to clear the old road that winds through our woods. Now instead of a path you can walk, stepping over logs and around things, there is a clear road to drive a tractor through.

There is really nothing like taking care of the land that you own. It was a nice feeling sitting on the wagon as my husband drove it through our reclaimed road. We were doing a test drive for the birthday party hay ride we are planning later this week. Testing was a good idea. We found two problems. The first, came approximately 5 seconds after I told the driver to trust me to keep his eyes on the road ahead and to trust me to watch behind us, when a tree with serious curvature of the spine made itself known. The wagon, shaped like an L, was completely flat except for a five foot panel at the back. The base of the wagon passed the deformed tree just fine. Unfortunately for us, at about the five foot mark, the trunk grew out into the path. “Stop,” was not shouted energetically enough and the back wall of the wagon was relocated rather quickly to the mud of our new road. Wagon shape has moved from capital L to lowercase.

Problem #2 was more easily solved. Three cedars with trunks four to five inches in diameter made the entrance back to the field a little narrow for our wide wagon. I suggested we wait to get the chain saw, but the manager of the operation decreed that his bow saw would be good enough. A little effort later, he was right about that too. It was a very good day for him.

Getting the old road I’ve been nattering about since spring would have made me happy all by itself, but there was more. As we cleared the path, there was a log lying across it too heavy to pick up. We sawed it in sections and kicked at it. One of the rotten pieces came off the top half of the log as I lifted it. Lying there a Queen bee. I’d never seen one before. But there she was, all groggy and hunkered down for the winter, surprised by all the light. Twenty years ago I might not have stopped, but thank goodness one picks up at least a little common sense along the way. I went and found a tiny see through plastic case that once held fasteners of some kind or another and put her majesty inside so the kids could see when they got home.

Her plastic kingdom is now on the kitchen counter beside the pumpkins, where she will reign somewhat stupefied until further notice.

4 Comments to Surprises from trees

  1. Rachel Bushnell says:

    How do you know that she is a Queen Bee? A crown? No, I’m actually curious. If you don’t have the answer, I’l have to go searching online.

    • mjonesbushnell@gmail.com says:

      I guess I can’t prove she is a Queen, but I submit the following for your examination. :) She was living alone inside a log. She was alive after a -9 degree Celsius night. (Most bees . . . except the Queen . . . die off when it gets cold.) She was some kind of black wasp variety with a smooth body and yellow markings, but instead of being skinny, she was fat like a bumble bee. – – – – If she is not already a Queen, I believe she deserves a coronation. I’m sticking with my happy feelings about finding her. :) :)

  2. Dee says:

    Have a happy birthday party to boy two!

    (How is her majesty doing?)

    • mjonesbushnell@gmail.com says:

      Thanks, Dee. His friend birthday party was last night and it was nice. We really enjoyed getting to know his friends. They asked to move in here, starting with spending the night. We postponed on the sleepover. They took me ignoring their requests for playing the Wii in good stride and had a great time on the hay ride, running through the fields with flashlights, and playing hide and seek. Big hugs and thanks from my son when they left.——And the Queen is pacing the plastic. The warmth of the house has woken her up. I’m going to find a place for her outside today. I doubt she’ll make it, but I’ll try.