Friday, May 25, 2012

The Little Woman's New Adventure

For several years now my wife has wanted a hive of bees. She was concerned about the severe drop in honeybee populations and wanted to try to increase the numbers of these interesting creatures in our area. She devoured books about bees and soon could spout out little known facts about honeybees that made you see these hard working intelligent creatures in a new light. As luck would have it a local Mennonite made his living raising bees and selling all the necessary items to become a beekeeper. So this spring a proper location was selected, landscape fabric was laid down and covered with gravel to keep the growth of weeds down , an electric fence erected to discourage hungry bears and a new hive was set-up. Now all we had to do was wait for her nucleus of bees to arrive.
The big day finally arrived and she donned her bee suit and introduced "her" bees to their new home.

After a week or so of letting the bees adjust to their new home she just had to have a look inside the hive. So clad in her bee suit and armed with her smoker she opened the hive.

As the pictures show her bees have been busy making honeycomb in their new home and the sight of bees on  the various flowers and shrubs surrounding our house is becoming a common sight.



Gary Thompson said...

What an awesome new adventure. Been a while since I've checked in. Been busy moving to Wyoming. Did you get a new camera? Cool images!

Greyphase said...

Hi Gary
Will be looking forward to seeing some adventures from your new home. Still using the same old Canon PowerShot SX110is. Those honeybees are really very docile.

LostintheUplands said...

Great post! Agreed, what a great new adventure. Nothing better than peanut butter & honey sandwich