Saturday, March 28, 2009

We are the Champions

The Waikato Junior Softball League finals were today and Ryan's team - The Uptempo Tigers took first place!
It was a nail biting game and for a while it looked like the other team was going to win ... but we had a great last innings and ended up winning 22 - 19.
Go the Tigers!

Ryan holding the Team Trophy

Ryan with a few of his team mates and his coach and manager: Brother and Sister Strother

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Koromatua School Triathlon

The kids have been training hard for weeks and today was the big day - the Koromatua School Triathlon.

Ryan chose to compete as an individual which meant he had to bike, swim and run. It was a pretty long course but he did awesome!

Elle entered as a team with two of her classmates. She did the swimming and they all did really well.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Growing up too Fast!!!

I looked out the window last Saturday and saw Ryan mowing the lawns!

Our kids are growing up way too fast :-(

Honey Harvest

A little over a year ago Jonathan decided to become a bee-keeper. A swarm of bees landed near his classroom so he gathered them up in a carboard box and brought them home. They now live in a hive down in our back yard. Since then he has accumulated 2 more hives which are kept up the road at a native bush reserve.

I was initially a little nervous about having thousands of bees sharing our garden, but it turns out that if you don't bother them, they don't bother you. I have only been stung once, and that was when I stood on a bee as I ran across the grass. Max has probably been stung the most...but he has now learnt to stay away from the hive and to run for his life if a bee comes buzzing around.

So, February means honey harvest time. It is quite a process to get the honey extracted but after a very hot night of work we managed to extract about 50kgs of golden, runny honey! Its just amazing to me how much honey they can produce. We only take the excess and leave the majority for the bees to eat over the winter.

The sad fact is that it takes a single bee an entire 2 weeks to produce just 1/2 tsp of honey.