Now I'm no beekeeper but even I guessed, on waking to a beautiful late spring morning last Thursday, that bees would be swarming. Lunch time I received a telephone call from Jamie (my bee mentor and local swarm catcher) that he was up to four swarms that day and would I like one? It's not recommended that novices take on a swarm as you don't really know anything about them. They are after all antsy teenagers who have just left home but Jamie had one particular swarm in mind for me. They were from an experienced bee keeper who wants to keep his hive numbers down and they were quite docile bees. We arranged that Jamie would get them into a nuc box with five frames and deliver them that evening.
|Nuc box and exploring bees|
On Sunday Jamie came along so we could put the bees in the hive. It was a fairly straight forward operation (although I still wrestle my bee suit - surely the most unflattering garment known to man!) We took five of my frames out and replaced them with bee covered ones.
|First the roof came off|
|Lifting the first frame of bees|
|Finding the queen|
There was quarter an hour or so of "who's moved the front door?" but they settled down quite happily and spent the rest of the day out and about.
|The new front door|
So there you are, the girls are here and the next time I will post some holiday snaps ( I promise Margaret!).