and then there were bees……..

and then there were bees........

and then there were bees........

and then there were bees........

and then there were bees........

and then there were bees........

and then there were bees........

and then there were bees........

and then there were bees........

and then there were bees........

and then there were bees........

and then there were bees........

 

We did it. 

On Saturday we waited for hours, the arrival of the bees was delayed and I checked facebook far too many times to watch for updates. Finally they were on their way to Berkley, MA where we were to pick them up at one of the Beekeeper Association member's home. We watched them install two packages into hives in the backyard. One skillfully done by a young girl just two years older than Sophie. 

We headed back to the table and looked at the boxes and boxes of bees.

Pick out your two, Ed said to us. 

Is there a trick to this? I asked. Is it like picking out a puppy?

Sort of, he said. Pick the ones that speak to you.

Sophie and I each picked one out. 

We sprayed them with sugar water and put them into a cardboard box and headed home. We had the ac on full blast in hopes of keeping them cool. We should have left the box lid wide open or gotten them their own boxes…. they got a little warm in there together. 

Home. A bustle of activity. Gear. Bee suits. Sugar water. The bees sat in a cool dark corner of the garage.

We followed the instructions of the experts and memory of so many videos watched in the past few weeks. Everything went off without a single problem. After the first package was in, Sophie asked if she could do the second one. I can do this mama, she said to me.

I pulled the queen out and then let her take over from there. Calm and confident that girl. Bees all over us and she was so relaxed…. amazing. All of it. No one was stung either.

Sunday morning I drifted out there first thing with my coffee. They are amazing to watch. I could sit there forever. 

I peeked in this afternoon to see if either queen was out. They're both so close, but not quite there. You can see the queen box in that last photo. Everyone looked well in there, at least to this very novice set of eyes.

Oh my. We really are beekeepers. She and I. 

xo,

s

{Thank you to Joe for taking pictures of us installing the bees & thank you to all the incredible members of our Bee Association who give so much of their time & answer *so* MANY questions for us novice beekeepers!} 

  

35 thoughts on “and then there were bees……..

  1. If you look at the hives closed up, the bees are all in the bottom box. the inner cover is over them, looks like a thin white stripe when looking at the outside. The sugar water & pollen patty are on top of the inner cover, in the second box up. That picture is what is directly under my lid right now πŸ™‚

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  2. So exciting!! I’m going to live vicariously through you, so lay it all on us! Bees! And raspberries and blackberries!! Will they produce this first year? I think bed mama is the perfect moniker for you. Good luck!

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  3. Wonderful! It is so exciting. Having them is just like baby chicks….. you want to watch them and make sure everyone is doing well. If you decide to get a kid sized bee suit Brushy Mountain has a very well made one! It comes in two sizes, we got the larger one….. but they make it in a 4-6 too! I actually ended up using my daughter's gloves because they fit better…. I'm not a very big person so even the extra small adult gloves felt too big. Best of luck to you! It's going to be fun πŸ™‚

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  4. "Beeing" very careful. Lol. They are pretty docile right now….. but once that queen is laying eggs in there, it will be a little different. Exciting just the same though. I'm slowly getting less nervous. On another note….. the plum tree we planted is getting bits of green on it. I can't wait to see it in bloom. I don't remember the one in Twin Falls in bloom, just the dusty purple plums on it….. Jake & I loved them. I loved that apricot tree too. Though it ruined me forever in my apricot expectations. Sun ripened apricots are a treasure…….

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  5. Thank you, so fun right? I went to Home Depot and looked at their "decorating ideas" for complementing colors. Joe teased me a little…. but I wanted them to be beautiful πŸ™‚

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  6. Thank you. It's sort of like a dream sometimes. I come around the bend in the road to our house and I want to pinch myself, I really live here. know you understand…. perhaps more than most. We're probably getting too settled, but it feels so nice. Even if it's just for a little while. (four years, right?) Joe will have his twenty in this fall, which is a sigh of relief and such a feeling of accomplishment all in one. This lifestyle brings with it a lot of sacrifices…. especially if (like you & I) you don't march to the beat of mainstream πŸ™‚ Every tiny act of authenticity is worth it though. Small herb beds. A potted tomato. Baking bread. Putting up food. Supporting local farmers. Sometimes you can do a lot and sometimes you can only do a little….. but doing it is the part that keeps that magic in your heart singing….. xo~

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  7. Speaking of beds…… we're putting in about 150 square feet of raised beds this weekend! Eek! I'm so excited. We ordered 4 cubic yards of bedding soil from a great little company in Rhode Island. They actually compost manure from the zoo. Which just make me giggle to think there is camel and elephant manure in the compost coming. As for the berries, I'm not exactly sure. Raspberries do fruit on first year canes….. but they were pruned down to nothing to be shipped…. so I guess we'll see. I'm looking forward to having fruit in the yard! The kids talked me into watermelon too…. so I guess we're ordering from cubits. Again. Lol πŸ™‚

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  8. Thank you! It was fun to come up with their color combination πŸ™‚ When I stack all five boxes on the hive, each one will be a different color πŸ™‚ All shades of blue & green…….

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  9. So exciting when you get to do something you’ve wanted to do for a long time!!! Eek! Looking forward to seeing how it works out, happy for you!

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  10. Thank you T! It is pretty exciting. Trying to figure out if I can squeeze in a few meat birds or a pig next. Well, you know…. after we get this 100+ square feet of garden beds in….. Oh my, tiny little Miner Farm in the making πŸ™‚

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  11. Ha! That made me laugh so hard. I thought I typed in bee mama, but that blasted autocorrect changed it to bed mama! I guess either is appropriate with that garden you are putting in!! And camel and elephant manure…so awesome. I want fruit in my yard so badly, but we’ll have to build some more beds. All in good time. Now I’m just hoping this frost this week(!!) didn’t kill my beets, chard, kale, and radishes.

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