On Sunday after work, a friend came over and cut down my plum tree that was growing behind the courtyard. I had found some roots growing towards to water tank when I was paving it, so it had to go! When they finished at my placed, we all went down to mums and they cut down a tree that was starting to grow in the wrong place there. Poor thing had to use my chainsaw (the one I confiscated from mum so she wouldnt hurt herself with it). Its been well used and didnt behave itself very well so all this took way longer than it should have....they didnt swear once.( I did that all for them.) Mum was most impressed and very glad to see light in her back room again. On monday, my neighbour 'reminded' me that her friend was not going to be taking away any of her concrete and that I could take what I needed and told me that she had started to move it to behind her garage so she could get started on redoing her garden. I thought I was going to be starting work on Tuesday, so I went hammer and tongs to get all the concrete prised out and chucked over to my place. Took a couple of hours and I now need to get a new handle for my sledge hammer cos it broke, luckily near the end of my long haul. Tuesday was induction day.... and we dont start til this monday. Wednesday I opened the hive again to top up the feeder, check out the last couple of frames with mum watching from the bottom of the steps, covered with windbreak so the bees wouldnt see her. I had thought that I was going to have to do a bit of surgery on the last two frames cos they did look like they had comb built at the edges. I had my needle and thread lined up and some empty frames to 'sew' them into but to my relief, they were just fat on one side. I probably should have checked the rest of the frames to get peace of mind as to what was going on but I didnt really want to. So it got closed up, the entrance made smaller- oh I put a piece of wood across the bottom of the follower board so the bees couldnt get into the empty section and wind up dying. I had to remove quite a few that had got stuck in there and died. I also put a bit of wood over the top of the robber screen to reduce the gap there too, so now they have one bit that is probably only one bee space wide and the oher that is about three beespaces wide, they didnt take very long at all to get used to this. No stings and although there were quite a few flying around me, the ones on the frames seemed unfazed by my carrying on's. We managed to move some more of the hill I got from the new neighbour so the to-be vegie garden is now level with the tops of the pavers I lined up along the path. Putting the footings in and concreting the pavers in Was supposed to be the main project this summer but opportunity knocked and I went with that instead. Thursday and Friday, it hammered down with wind and rain, so I decided to have a "weekend" and spent most of it sitting in bed nursing sore arms reading back posts on the 'beesource' website. I had a very interesting visit. The bedroom curtain caught my eye whe it started ti sort of wiggle and out of the corner of my eye I noticed that a little mouse had climbed the curtain an got onto my bedside table. After checking things out it came over to me, put its paws on my duvet and looked up at me for what seemed an age then wandered off and eventually ran down the curtain. Jack was up on the bed with me and we sort of looked at each other then back at the curtain which had started to twitch again, yep the mouse was back, this time with its mate who scampered over, sat on its backside and looked up at me, peered back at its mate then they both wandered off back down the curtain, out the door and then proceeded to place chase right outside the door. The look on Jacks face wa priceless... I could just see him asking me "um, are they pack now too?" I didnt know what to think except.... how can I set traps for mice that have just introduced themselves to me . I am really not too sure what to do about this. On one hand, I am feeling blessed (of all things), that another lifeform has obviously found us interesting(?) but then I do Not want the house filled up with mice. I did notice that these two were not the normal pale grey mice but more steely greylooking, longer haired ones.Actually felt they were very healthy and ............what the hell do I do now? I'm thinking of finding some sort of cage so i can catch them both, it has to be both of them and the take them for a nice drive into the country and let them go.