The birds will come later. We'll be joining several neighbors to create a chicken coop co-op.
But the bees have arrived!
|Bees will build their honeycombs on these frames|
|EarthDoctorSon hustles the bees from his truck to our backyard|
|And gives them a once-over|
|The beekeeper checks his tools|
|The bees will feed off the orange stuff on the left. The queen was placed inside a marshmallow for safekeeping and the worker bees ate up the pillowed confection to get to the queen then encircled her and began to buzz to keep her warm.|
|Oh, Mr. B does love his little creatures!|
|Mr. B sprays them to slow and clump them|
|He's not taking any chances!|
|No chances whatsoever!|
|Ready, set, GO! EarthDoctorSon gets ready to flip the box over . . .|
|. . . and cast them into their new home|
|After which, he replaces some frames|
|places their good on top of the frame*|
|covers the frames and places more food on top|
|adds the penthouse suite|
|and their shiny new roof (I think the queen is in there, too).|
|And then he returns his attention to the bees that didn't get into the hive|
|and worries about them (hmmm...I wonder how I'd look in one of those hats?)|
|And Mr B joins the worryfest|
|while spectators PreciousGrrrlChid shivers and FriendofFamily thanks us for adding bees to the neighborhood.|
|oops . . . forgot to paint one little section|
|"Let's worry some more."|
|Uh-oh. Mr. B learns the hard way that a beekeeper must wear the veil more tightly|
All in a day's work!
Happy to report that the hive is humming, and the bees are coming and going without incident.
They really are amazing little creatures.
Next year: honey!
. . .
* So a word about that pair of gloves.
realized just the other day that those gloves have had had multiple adventures in their lifetime. They were a gift to me from an amazing woman who, after surviving breast cancer, rode her bicycle not once but twice across the US. She gave them to me when I discovered how much I love riding my bike. But I found they also came in quite handy for mushing. I'm able to use them as glove liners because they give me enough dexterity to hook up my pups and stay dry.
As a result, they've had multiple mushing adventures.
And now these gloves have participated in setting up a bee hive.
Do you have an article of clothing with a story?
I'd love to hear!