My bees were decidedly busy this season talking every opportunity of the early warm days to gather pollen and this triggered the queen into some early laying which made them outgrow their home very early in the season.
What does this all mean you may ask?
Well I have a story to tell you, about the bees, so grab yourself a mug of tea or coffee and read ahead…..
It was a sunny morning and the garden was beckoning me, so I grabbed my boots and shovel and started weeded the spot around the bee hive that had been waiting for me all week to get to. Within a few moments of pulling up weeds close to the hive, a few bees came out to see what I was doing which was not unusual, I had a great little chat with them explaining what was going on and figured that would be the end of it, but within a few minutes more were gathering and so I decided that perhaps I was disturbing them that much so I stopped and moved away from the hive. Once I was standing up and could see the larger picture of what was going on I said to Zahra who has since joined me in the garden “The bees seem swarmy today don’t you think?”
No sooner then the words had left my mouth I knew that they were not just swarmy, they were actually swarming!
This year it was my turn, my “beekeeping initiation” as Nao called it and it was truly magical and stressful and wonderful all in one!
As soon as I realized what was happening I knew I was going to need help, so I made a few calls, the first one being to Nao, for emotional reassurance and a few tips before going in to gather the swarm, and my neighbors two doors down that are interested in learning to keep bees so they can help us when we go away in the summer. The were about to unknowingly get a crash course!
I should also mention that we are a very close neighborhood, so once the word got out what was happening everyone brought their kids over to see the swarm and experience it, so the house was full of little ones running around, asking questions and generally being excited!
Then of course the bees decided to land on the highest branch of my neighbors tree!
Here are some photos of us cutting down the swarm: