Beehive Buzz: Welcome Back!
Editor's Note: With a one-week countdown to spring, we can't help but celebrate any and all signs of green and growth in our worlds. In one long squeal, The Force Expansive joyfully welcomes the return of familiar friends and a favorite hobby, beekeeping. -- Heather
This was our very first experience with splitting hives, so we'll see how it goes, whether the collection of frames we took from Reba's strong hives will yield a queen who will be successfully mated and settle down to her glamorous life as mother of the colony.
Regardless, can I just say what a huge treat it was to suit up after so long an absence and to stand there in total awe as usual, as bees flew and alighted everywhere, standing quietly, reverently, in a cloud of their sound, sticky afterward with honey...even in my hair!
And man, the thrill of seeing the queen -- no matter how many years we do this, as big a thrill as ever....