Beekeeping 101

...watching workers arriving back at the hive, so covered head to foot in pollen that they are weighted beyond their ability to move gracefully, is more entertaining than anything the internet or television has to offer, more life-affirming than an all-night dance party, and more adorable than your cat. 

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Harvest, preserve, retreat indoors

I'll be honest, at this point, I feel like this post is almost exclusively to relieve the guilt that I have about not blogging for the last hmrhsmchsomething months by offloading a bunch of pictures onto the internet to fill the space and save my words-ed out brain from having to write too much, so I can get back to the sanding and drilling and polishing and cutting and pressing and sewing and cooking and webmastering and Airbnbing.

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Detroit: A New Frontier

A few months ago, in early April, as we and the rest of Detroit were sill shaking ourselves awake from the brutal, endlessly cold and snowy winter, we hosted an Australian couple, newly married and on their honeymoon traveling across North America. Laura had been working in video production for years already, but had recently started accumulating material that she had shot and produced fully on her own and wanted to work on a project in Detroit. We said "of course, we'd be happy to help however we can!"

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Summertime...

Uhh...so I guess we're doing seasonal updates now, because it turns out that expanding the farm by a factor of three or so requires not only a lot of initial start-up work, but WAY MORE WEEDING than I somehow prepared myself or prepared to enlist the aid of guests and friends for. And it's summer, you know, so we have to go out for bike rides mostly every day, too, which leaves less time for blogging, and I can't possibly be expected to sit inside and write when there are amazing 9:30pm sunsets to watch accompanied by the growing chorus and display of the crickets and fireflies outside. I'm hardly immune to the all encompassing enthrall of the Midsummer's warm embrace, after all, particularly after having had to shed so many layers of woolen knits from this winter what seems like just a few weeks ago.

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Spring! Do Everything!

So far, April has had a good few of the kind of deceptive early spring days that get everyone outside, convince you that it's summer already, and remind you that a several-hour-long engagement outside might require some sunscreen or a hat or something if you're fair skinned, lest you find yourself searching later for the aloe. The smell of BBQ is everywhere in our neighborhood, with a dozen little charcoal grills on the sidewalks and the crooning of Motown greats drifting from back yards every night.

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Workshoppin'

...since we've recently been in the process of fulfilling our first few orders for this particular product, we've taken the opportunity to photo-document the process and record a short video demonstrating the final product. Enjoy!

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Alyssa Trimmer
Excuses, excuses, and updates

I get lost in hands-on work frequently. Not just creative hands-on stuff, but the day to day effort of keeping a big house clean, managing the Airbnb side of things, placing yet another online order for tools and materials, repairing things, calling my neighbor Frank to see how many eggs he can coerce his chickens into laying for us by a certain date, shoveling. Good lord, the shoveling.

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Alyssa Trimmer