Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
Here are a few pictures of how happy our graduates and their families were during the tent reception in our yard last night. Today is very full beginning at 10 this morning and going until about ten tonight. Boom-one event, service, ceremony or meal after another.
Lee is so happy, he's been waiting all year to get a Boxer puppy and now Sully is here.
Now it really feels like graduation week here at Concordia Seminary. The crew of maintenance guys and student workers came by and put up the tent in our side yard which will be the site of tomorrow night's reception for graduates and their families.
Lots of bees were discovered in the upper walls of a couple of our campus dorms. The more our facilities people poked around, the more amazed they became when they saw the extent of the hives and honey combs. Rather than call an exterminator and kill the bees, they made the decision to bring in a bee-keeper to remove the bees safely and take them to the country. Yesterday two bee-keepers arrived and proceeded to cut rectangular holes in several dorm rooms to reach the bees.
They use a bee vac to gently suck the bees from the wall into a container. A bee vac! We were amazed.
And here is what the men were removing
Several layers of bright white new honey combs filled with honey made from the campus locust trees. The bee-keepers did a walk around the campus before removing the bees to see just what blossoms were open and found that the locust trees were the only ones. According to the two men, Locust trees make the best honey, sweet, clear and pure. Each of the sections of honey comb were carefully removed and placed in a screen covered frame. A few honey combs were removed with the bees still inside which would enable the honey making to continue when they got to their new homes. The other bees would be set free to go to work in rural Warrenton.
We were offered small pieces of the new honey comb to taste and it was amazing.
It's so heartening that we have campus people who look to save and relocate things rather than the easy kill option. The same has been true for using fallen trees for lumber and old plant life, cooking scraps and coffee grounds for making usable compost. These bee keepers were amazing to watch.
I rode along with our campus landscape director this morning as she checked for any more fallen tree limbs. As we passed along the north parking strip next to the chapel, she suddenly stopped and hopped out. There under a couple of bushes was this:
She immediately recognized this pile of bedding as most likely belonging to a homeless person. The stick you see in the picture was used by Kevin, one of our students who works part time on landscape. He was adamant about not touching that pile with his hands. There was also this wrapped in the bedding:
A can of handi-wipes wrapped in a hand towel and the loose wipes laying around told us someone had been using this as outdoor toilet paper. Ugh, a pile of something wrapped up and stains on the blankets also confirmed this.
So into the gator it went, piled up so as not to touch Kevin in any way. We don't believe this homeless person actually slept in this location, it is too public, too many cars go by as well as walkers. But it may be a place he thought to stash this for a time and planned to come back for it.
On the campus we have many places in which edible things are growing and which are available to anyone on campus or anyone who takes a walk through the campus. We have lettuces, kale, spinach, collards, radishes, all manner of herbs, just about anything you can think of.
But people get so used to picking that sometimes a planting bed that looks like vegetable greens is really flowers, gets picked. So a sign is necessary.
One of our edible beds, actually 5 beds from front to back here.
And a not edible bed which needed a sign because the green looks lettuce-y