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Passive-aggressive signage in the shrubbery

These signs are so good, I’m going to submit the photograph to Passive-Aggressive Notes.  For the sake of full disclosure, these are not my signs.  If you are in Swarthmore drinking whiskey, check them out in person. Contact me if you need directions.

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Here’s a close-up of the right sign…but it’s hard to decipher.

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Using Facebook as town Lost & Found bin

Going on multiple walks per day with a dog can be mind-numbing, so I entertain myself by looking for things: four-leaf clovers, dropped coins, interesting beetles, typos in signage, etc.  As it turns out, I find a lot of things that people have dropped or forgotten, so I decided to start a little online experiment on Facebook that I’ve unimaginatively called, Swarthmore Lost and Found.   I only have 72 fans (that includes me) as of today, which is pretty pathetic for a population of over 6,000, but maybe it will catch on after a few years.  To date, I’ve managed to find homes for a bicycle, a glove, a dog tag, and a Hello Kitty rain boot. That’s pretty pathetic as well, but those four people were pleased, which is great.

Anyway, chances are good that you don’t live in Swarthmore (formerly Westdale, Pennsylvania) and that you probably couldn’t care less about all this … but I’m posting this as a suggestion in case you’re in a similar situation on walks and also live in a sleepy neighborhood where people lose things. Give it a try!

Swarthmore Lost and Found page

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Bees on the roof

I used to keep bees in my youth, so was delighted to learn that my local grocery cooperative (Swarthmore Co-Op) has six hives on the roof. Today I finally got to visit them.

Colin Purrington Photography: Insects &emdash; Honeybee hives on roof

Not exactly sure why there is no excluder, the screen that typically keeps the queen inside the deep bodies and out of the shallower supers.  But maybe the excluders are built into the internal frames somehow (I last kept hives in 1983, and things can change).

I like how all the hives are different colors, or at least different combinations of colors.  Bees are famously good at finding their way around, but still, might be good to make the visual cues clear about which hive is yours. I’m curious how the hives will tolerate the first 100 °F day.  Seems like a large sun screen would be really welcome.  My guess is that on hot days a good portion of the hive will be on cooling duty, and that lowers productivity.

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