Monday, April 27, 2009

One year...

Today is my beekeeping anniversary. One year ago our first hive arrived, strapped together with screens covering the entrances.

It was a bit scary to see just how many bees were sticking their legs thru that screen and the volume of buzzing coming from our new hive. Yikes - I remember having a panicky feeling that I was so not ready.

Then I got a smell of the hive as saw the girls fly out. I swear it was the smell that won me over. Beeswax and the hive smell gets me every time. If there is a Beeswax Anonymous, I am a candidate.

I picked up my new bees today - my lucky bees. We installed the package in the new hive. Thewhole idea of "installing" bees cracks me up. It sounds so interchangeable and mechanical that way.

Well, I am here to tell you it is not. The experience of pouring bees into a new hive is ... frankly exhilarating. Every set of bees has its own smell and temperament. These bees gave me a great feeling. I was expecting to call the new queen lucky but her name is really Trey - this is our third hive on the deck. Where once a single family home stood, we now have a hive development!

Welcome to the second year of beekeeping!

1 comment:

  1. Happy Anniversary! I know my entire household is looking forward to the new crop of honey to enjoy. Keep up the good work and good luck with another year . . .


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