Monday, December 10, 2012

Barn Hop #91

Welcome to the Monday Homestead Barn Hop where you're invited to link up your blog with your very best post of the week; something happening at your homestead or something of interest that will help benefit fellow homesteaders. Plus, each of the 3 Homestead Barn Hop hostess selects her favorite post of the week to highlight the following week. So be sure to visit all three blogs because the "Featured Homestead" could be YOURS!

Thank you to everyone who has been linking back to Homestead Revival, The Prairie Homestead, or New Life on a Homestead. It's like flying the colors of the homestead community and showing others the way to a great life living closer to the land! 
I just had to share this post with you all. Melissa at Tilly's Nest has an excellent tutorial on making Candy Boards for bees during the winter. Now I realize not everyone is as excited about this kind of thing, but if you even THINK you might want to keep bees at some point, check this out. It's the best way I know to feed bees during the coldest part of winter when traditional methods might cause the sugar water to freeze. And most first year hives, they are going to need some feed to supplement them so they don't starve before the first nectar flows in spring.

"...Honeybees work. they work all spring and summer to store up enough pollen and honey for their colony to survive the winter. However, sometimes, their best efforts are not enough and they can end up starving to death if their supplies run out.... sugar syrup and freezing temperatures do not agree, thus, those keeping bees in colder climates must feed their bees another way.

Nicely done, Melissa! I need to get mine completed this week so my wee friends can have a feast!

If you've been featured in the past...

If you've been a featured blogger on the Barn Hop, either today or in the past, we now have a special button for you should you wish to add it to your sidebar stating that you've been a featured blogger! You can find it on my button page by clicking the hen with the blue barn on my sidebar that says "HR Buttons". It's a good idea to link it back to the page where you were featured so your readers can see where you're actually mentioned. (These buttons do not have a code since it needs to be linked to the page you're featured in and it will change from week to week. Just copy the button or drag it to your desktop).

Join The Barn Hop!
and Amy @ Homestead Revival...

...invite you to link up and share your homesteading adventures!

Did you share any cool new homesteading tips on your blog this week? If so, we’d love to have you link up below! Even if you don’t have a blog, we always welcome your comments!

Please remember that the Homestead Barn Hop is meant to be a place to share homesteading related encouragement and inspiring ideas specfically related to homesteading. In an effort to keep our weekly round-up clutter free, links which are not specifically homestead related, and any promotions such as giveaways, contests, carnivals, etc, will be deleted in order to maintain the integrity of the Barn Hop. Please remember this is a family friendly link up. Any pictures or posts linked to the hop which aren’t appropriate for our children to view or read will also be deleted immediately. We’re pretty conservative, so we ask that you use good judgment and err on the side of caution. 

Make sure that you link to your Barn Hop post, not your blog’s main page, so your guests won’t have any trouble finding your great tips!

We would also appreciate it if you would link back to the Homestead Barn Hop in the post that you share! Feel free to grab the banner at the top of this post to link back to us with.

Want a chance to be a “Featured Homestead” next week?

Be sure you've included an actual link to the Barn Hop, preferably the button, on your post or sidebar, with a link back to us. Thank you for sharing the message about the Homestead Barn Hop!

Occasionally there is a problem posting due to glitches in the internet or the Linky Tools. If you have difficulties posting and it does not show up immediately, please wait a little while and try re-posting (this helps avoid double posting). We're sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, be we do not have absolute control over the internet. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Coming, next Monday...
On December 17th, the Barn Hop Ladies will be hosting a special link up where we are asking readers to only post something related to Christmas or the Holidays. So dig out your best recipe, snap some shots of your decor, research the origins of your family traditions... whatever it is that you want to share related to Christmas or the Holidays, be ready to link up at the final Barn Hop of 2012. (There will be no Barn Hops on December 24th or 31st).

Don't forget...
The Preparedness Challenge Grand Finale is going on right now! Link up and share what you did to prepare this past month and you'll be entered to win a Wondermill Junior Deluxe!


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