Sunday, July 15, 2012

Buzz Buzz

Saturday was a rough morning.

We headed up bright and early to a beekeeper based in Williamsford, Ontario. We purchased some awesome hives from her two weeks ago:

Which we painted in lots of pretty colours. Saturday, we were heading up to get the bees she'd prepared to send us home with! She was really fantastic, and opened up one of her hives so we could take a look at what we'd be expecting to see. She also let us check out her animals:

We took both of our nucs, which contained 4 frames of bees and thier queen, and headed up to the land. We had two little homes all set up for them:

We were a bit nervous, but the 'unloading' went off without any issues. We'd planned for the worst, and we all had our beesuits on:

But really, we had no trouble at all. This is a really good picture of the comb we got:

All of those capped, light brown cells are baby bees! Very healthy comb here! By the end of the process we were pretty comfortable around the hives. Appleman had NO problem:

They're actually incredibly docile. We could get right up and personal with them, and as long as we didn't make any sudden movements or freak out, we were perfectly fine. Day one, no stings!

Our girls are established, and seemingly quite happy. We'll check up on them in a little bit to see how they're doing.

It's a bumpy ride

I've been very absent from my blog lately. That's because I've been too busy dreaming about this:

This is the visable half of the 25 acres my parents bought in Hockley Valley. It's not so easy to tell from the picture, but the land is full of rolling hills, and wildflowers. I've taken this picture up from the spot we're going to build a deck to pitch our tents on.

I also got to set up these:

Which are our beautiful multi-coloured hives. We just put the bees in thier new home yesterday, and they're doing quite alright!

My dad has a new toy:

That mom is also enjoying:

It's been a very busy month of preperations. So tired.