Sweet Mountain Life

Gardening, Vegetarian Food and Life in the Mountains of Western North Carolina


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We’re Baaack!!

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I can’t believe I abandoned this blog earlier this year! After about a month, I was gone. Not to exercise or do great humanitarian work, but for sometimes small and ridiculous reasons. “I’ll do that tomorrow”. Oh yeah. I used that one a lot. “I’m too busy baking” and “I forgot to take the preparation photos” also worked.

The Honey!

The Honey!

10 lbs and one season later, the exercise excuse became a reality. Two months and 13 lbs. down, I still wasn’t writing. Summer passed and so did photo/blog opportunities. The bees did well, with one hive producing 8 gallons of honey its first year! Weeks of canning and pickling, as well as enjoying the fresh fruits and veggies of summer occupied my time.

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Dandelion Wine

Dandelion Wine

Cherry Wine

Cherry Wine

Fall came with grapes and apples and so many wonderful smells. We found nut trees on the property. Michael made wine from every kind fruit we harvested, and some dandelion wine, too. He also made delicious apple cider and I made vinegar from the peels and cores. We put in a couple of new apple and pear trees and found more blackberry bushes.

Winter has just begun and it’s time to catch up. I do have a backlog of pictures…pics of gardens, sunrises, food, dogs and people to post! I am so grateful for every minute of every day that I get to spend on this mountain. Michael feels the same. Thank you for letting us share it with you.

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The Forest

The Forest

Enjoy Life and Live Vegan!
(or whatever makes you happy ­čśë )

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My Thoughts on Bee Keeping

ImageThis was posted on FB by a friend this morning and it brought up a subject that Michael and I have discussed at length. As vegans, we try constantly to consider the consequences of our actions. . We are, by far, imperfect, but we try

My response to the post is below, as well. I’m curious as to how others feel, especially since our bee population is so compromised.

 

Cathy Hamilton I am vegan and am against any kind of animal cruelty. But, I know many beekeepers and I’ve never heard of these practices. The beekeepers I know would never kill their queen, rather protect her as much as possible to keep the hives running properly. They don’t have to clip wings, the other bees keep her there and happy. They certainly don’t artificially inseminate their queens. They always leave, at least, the top box of honey for the bees. My experience is only in watching the excellent care and love that beekeepers give their colonies. They love their bees the way they love their dogs and cats. These beekeepers aren’t large factory honey producers, but local keepers who sell to neighbors and local farmers markets. I can certainly believe that unnatural and unnecessary practices occur in factories and that should never be. As a vegan, I’m torn between the idea of “keeping” bees and the prospect of kindly and consciously protecting and helping to regrow the bee population. Our lives depend on it.

 

Enjoy Life and Live Vegan!
Catherine and Michael