|Peter getting ready to introduce new bee colonies to their Blooming Hill neighborhood, a couple of weeks ago. Getting the bees out of their delivery boxes and into the hives can be a tricky thing.|
When you keep honeybees, empty-nesting is not an option, especially if your hives thrive and grow. We have been lucky to see our brood of bees not only call our yard their home but also to multiply and need more space in order to do what they do best and that is to produce honey.
|Peter kept adding more drawers to our original hive, last summer. He knew then that he would have to build more homes for them for this year, It seemed as though we were heading for a skyscraper occupying space in the backyard.|
|Hotel "Highrise" Blooming Hill, Summer 2014.|
|Everybody is scrambling out of the box and into the hive to find their place and already getting to work, just a couple of weeks ago.|
This year, we have added two more apiaries to give them sufficient room and while the last two years were a peaceful coexistance with our bee family, as they seemed somewhat docile in nature, one of the new hives could very well be described as possibly related to the likes of Darth Vadar with light saber stingers. Peter came in the other day breathing a sigh of relief, after filling up their sugar water supply and said, "This time, I only got stung once!" That, in the words of Martha Stewart, is a good thing.
|Early spring sustinance--sugar water. Maybe the Queen in each apiary makes sure they all brush their teeth every day.|
|The original hive when we brought our first colony of bees home back in 2013.|