a hive split…… and other bits……

DL Hive Split 5/2/14

DL Hive Split 5/2/14

DL Hive Split 5/2/14

DL Hive Split 5/2/14

DL Hive Split 5/2/14

DL Hive Split 5/2/14

DL Hive Split 5/2/14

DL Hive Split 5/2/14

DL Hive Split 5/2/14

DL Hive Split 5/2/14

DL Hive Split 5/2/14

DL Hive Split 5/2/14

DL Hive Split 5/2/14

The kids & I got to watch a friend split her hive last week. Amazing stuff! For those of you that might not speak bee, a split is when you divide the colony to keep them from swarming. When bees overwinter their colony increases quickly in the spring and they often run out of room. This hive did wonderful over the winter and my friend split it into four hives! There were really that many bees! I took about a zillion pictures for my friend and the kids really loved watching. Their favorite part was when our bee mentor Wayne, who was also helping with the split, told them drones (males) didn't sting. To prove this point he popped one into his mouth and then let it fly out. The kids were awestruck….. and Soph couldn't wait to catch a drone at home and let it buzz around in her hands. (not in her mouth though, that Wayne is a hoot!)

If you really love bee pictures, you can check out my flickr album to see more. I only shared a few favorites in this post, you can see the whole process of the split starting with this photo. (ps ~ the queen can be seen in picture six above… can you spot her? she's got a longer abdomen with no stripes.)

I had a busy week in the shop too. My first wholesale order went out & I finally got pictures taken of the new silks I have dyed up. Plus a few new things… so there will be a shop update next week! I have one summer festival lined up in Rhode Island and put in for one in Portland, ME. I would sell my silks in a parking lot to have an excuse to go to Portland for the weekend. Fingers crossed on that one…. should find out near the end of the month.

I'm heading out of here with the two youngest in a few hours.

We're driving north to visit family and pick up three small furry bundles. The puppies. Soph has been looking forward to this puppy-sitting gig for weeks. I've been looking forward to wine with my sister in law and our annual trip to the river… a girl can never have too many rocks, you know?

So….. we'll be getting in late Tuesday night. I'll be away from this space until then. 

Have a lovely couple of days….

xo,

s

13 thoughts on “a hive split…… and other bits……

  1. Have a safe a trip, sounds like fun! Hope you find some good specimens! Puppy sitting too, kids will love furry friends in abundance!
    The bees not stinging, that’s awesome!

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  2. Have still not been stung and I've messed with them a TON… with no gloves too. I know it's coming though! Part of being a beekeeper. It's going to be crazy with three puppies…. the nyc weekend is keeping me going. Soon, soon…… can't wait!!

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  3. Yeah! So glad to have inspired you…. wait until you see the HUGE piece of comb my bees built… I'll photograph it next week when we get back. It's incredible…. they are amazing creatures 😉

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  4. Oh Portland. I can’t wait to visit Portland in August. We are going to a wedding in Maine and it should be so fun!
    I thought I spotted the queen in that picture. Your comment about it proves it. Great to hear that the bee colony doubled. The bees are having a hard time here. It is so dry and windy that can’t find nectar in the flowers because it’s all dry.

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  5. 4 hives from one split??? holy cow! I loooooove bee photos, so will have to follow along to see your other photos. for sure.
    I love how the guy has his hands all over everything, no gloves no worries. I will lift and peek without gloves, but beyond that I’ve usually got them on. maybe some day 😉

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  6. Insane right? SO MANY BEES! Wayne has been doing this forever…. never wears gloves. I wear them too. I found that the kid ones fit me best. Slowly getting a little more comfortable with them each day…….

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