'There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance.' Henry David Thoreau We are beekeepers -- new beekeepers. We started off as avid gardeners then moved to an acreage where we could grow our own food. Bees seemed like a natural progression.
Monday, May 19, 2014
Honey, Honey, How you thrill me!!
It's been a couple of weeks since our last post. We've been busy, but not as much as the bees have been. We have checked them every week, but with the horrible spring weather (rain, rain, and more rain) our opportunities to peek in on them have been a bit sparse. Today, though, after many weekends of rain, including this one, the sun came out long enough for us to see just what was happening in the hives.
They still don't have a permanent home; the hives are in between the plum trees in the back yard. It makes it wonderful for watching, because they are only three feet from the deck, but hopefully next month they will have their own perfect little neighborhood (complete with the necessary measures to keep visiting bears away). The one question we seem to be asked a lot: Have you been stung yet? Nope, not at all. These bees are, in every sense of the word, honeys. They haven't even tried. They come around when we are sitting in the back yard, gather their pollen, and take it home -- no fuss, no muss. They are, really, pretty well behaved for a batch of about 80,000 bees. We'll see if they are still so amenable when the next two hives arrive.
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