Update on Rabbit Scammer – Desiree Michaels

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Well, it looks like the lady who scammed me out of rabbit pedigrees a couple of years ago and had all her rabbits seized by the SPCA last spring has now joined the bee club. My bee club.

I attended a bee workshop this morning to observe some packages being split and of course, who shows up but Desiree Michaels.

I suppose when you keep people’s money and never give them what they paid for, you can save up some funds and use it get into a new hobby. I’m sure she has much more free time and money on her hands now as well since the taxpayers have funded the removal, medical care, euthanasia, spaying/neutering and rehoming of at least 50 of her horribly neglected rabbits. The news article and video can be found here:

http://bc.ctvnews.ca/50-rabbits-seized-from-deplorable-conditions-near-nanaimo-1.2339872

It was the largest rabbit cruelty seizure that Nanaimo has ever seen. The SPCA is quoted as saying:

“Animals were living next to deceased animals… horrible conditions. Many of them were underweight. Others had overgrown nails that were curled and coiled and dental issues…”

And:

“Photos taken by staff were so appalling that the public would not want to see them…”

This is the woman who now wants to get involved in beekeeping.

I am at least comforted by the fact that you cannot exactly abuse and neglect bees unless you expect to be abused back and your colonies to die in short order. What concerns me is that she may now try to rip off other local beekeepers who do not know how dishonest and heartless she is.

At least I was able to snap a photo of her today, so bee friends please “bee” warned.

 

 

Haze and Ash

DSC_0002I woke up today not to the hot white sun beating down as I’m accustomed to, but instead a hazy yellow-orange glow. One look outside confirmed that yes, indeed there is a massive drought and wildfire problem right now in BC. I knew we were very hot and dry, but the fire issue is now in everyone’s face, even if it just the fine layer of white ash that is now covering everything.

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Ash on mint

You’ll notice that all my photos today have a yellowish tinge. I’ve decided not to color correct anything so you can get an idea of the dramatic lighting we are experiencing. It’s ironic that my boyfriend recently showed me photos of the similarly apocalyptic-looking skies in Yellowknife, NT after their massive fires last year. I wonder how long until it blows over? I’ve read that most of it is coming in from the Mainland and the United States, but I do know that we have some fires raging here on the island too.

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Ash on okra

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Ash on garlic starts

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The haze from my kitchen window

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Ash on tomato leaves