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Home Sweet Home

Finally Home

Swarm

Myself, A, & D, alongside swarm #2.

My hives are in their place at last. After a couple of days at Gwen’s (The neighbour’s house where the swarms were), I brought my hives home last night. This involves:

Helper D

My helper D, carting the empty hive box so we can capture the hive.

  1. Waiting until late evening, until all the workers have flown home – wouldn’t want to lose any, would we.
  2. Blocking up the hive entrance with perfectly crafted pieces of old cot runners.
  3. Ignoring the children, who are up WAY past their bedtimes, and are getting hyper.
  4. Strapping the hive down with either proper emlock galvanised hive strapping, or a piece of rope, whatever.
  5. Loading them in the car whilst avoiding stepping on the hedgehog.
  6. Doing up 20,000 little seatbelts.
  7. Picking up the hedgehog to show the aforesaid hyper kids, who have never seen a hedgehog, because they always, always go to bed at their bedtimes.
  8. Driving the hives home, very very carefully. (Safety instruction to D, who travelled with me & Hives ‘cos he likes the bees and the 80’s rock I play loudly: “If we crash, bail. If bees start flying around, yell at me to stop, and bail.”
  9. Unloading the hives and then unblocking the nailed in cot-runner bits. Then going inside for a nice hot cocoa.

So, welcome home girls.

New Hive

New hive #2, in place, next to an olive tree. Welcome home girls.

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