Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Busy Bees

In case you were wondering, here's the story of our bees: We had wanted to have hives for a little while now. Daniel went to all the classes offered locally. We read up on beekeeping and finally purchased the accouterments for 2 hives. The magic day arrived and I, wanting to document this momentous occasion, stood back camera at the ready. Daniel set up the hives and began opening the boxes that the bees were shipped in.

He couldn't get the smoker to work so he just went ahead and transferred the panels of bees. Here's one of the boxes the bees came in:

Here's our empty hive.

 At this point I stopped taking pictures since one of the bees decided to investigate my hair and that was quite distracting! When it stung me I abandoned all decorum and ran for the hose. After a good soaking I went inside to find an ice pack for my throbbing head. Poor Daniel just helplessly looked on as I scrambled around quite frantic. When he finished transferring the last of the bees he came in and removed the stinger for me. That was great.
 Since then I haven't had any issues with them though. Devon even hugs the hives and the bees just fly around him! After a few months I had Daniel take some shots of the hive. Hopefully we  can get some honey this year!

Now What?

School is over! Yay, we even had some sunshine so I put the sprinkler on and let the kids play. Little did I know how disastrous this would ...