The experience of keeping bees has been really amazing for our family, and I have realized that learning to keep bees can take a lifetime which I am humbled and amazed by.
This past winter we shut up the bees tight and eventhough we did our best to keep the mite count down before putting them to bed, this past winter was very hard on them, and like many bees here in Vancouver they just did not make it.
And so the journey continues, and as a part of that journey, my sweet beekeeping sister and her beloved made the decision that they needed to follow their dream of moving out of the city to a larger homestead where she could truly have a proper apiary. I am beside myself with happiness for them and yet terribly sad at the same time, as they will leave at the end of this summer with sweet tears and a big dream in their hearts, it is a bittersweet story and one that can only have a happy ending for all of us, for to follow your dreams is everything!
This means that I needed to strike out on my own in the beekeeping world and learn firsthand how to keep bees by myself and really do it!
And so the adventure began a month or so ago when I ordered some local honey bees that would come as nuc’s in frames, and also hopefully will be a heartier bee then the ones we had last year from New Zealand which were not quite as used to our rainy seasons here and in their weakened state the mites got the better of them.
In May I bought our bee boxes and frames, nailed them together and painted them with my sweet helper Zahra and we were on our way. We also gave the kids old play house away to some sweet children down the street to make way for the bees, but in the end decided that the garden really was the best place for them after all!
Here are some photos of the process from making the boxes to getting the bees and putting them inside!
They are now ready for the bees!