Right now things are going about 100 miles per hour around here. We're balancing the usual business at home with a bathroom renovation stalled mid-tile installation, end-of-the-year events for both school and dance class, and the irresistible pull to constantly monitor our new bees.
While all the goings-on around us seem to be pushing us to speed up and multitask, our bees call for a perfect balancing counterpoint- slow, calm deliberation. It has been a joy to have them for a distraction from all this May madness.
We got into our new hives for the first time yesterday just to check in on things. We found both queens alive and not squished during nuc installation (whew!), a slew of new little eggs, and bizarre new columns of wax rising from the center of the nuc frames up into the top feeders.
I have no idea if it's normal for them to be building comb like that, but it was cool to find!
And now we're back into the crazy swing of things, longingly glancing out toward our bee yard and waiting patiently for the next warm-ish sunny day so we can go check in on them again!
It's been pretty darn close to a year since I officially started delving into the world of bees and beekeeping (remember when I took that crash-course in the basics?). Today I came full circle and brought home my own little colonies.
I will no longer be one of the only beekeepers' club members that has to raise their hand when someone asks, "Is there anyone here who doesn't have bees yet?"
Guess who has bees now? (I'm raising my hand)
I have finally graduated to a "Beehaver." Now I just need to figure out how to be a beekeeper!
I am loving the fact that it seems we get a 'real' spring this year... usually we just go from cold to hot, but this year? This year we're getting rain and sun and cool breezes and a crazy burst of everything growing like mad.
Our woods have turned lush and dark and magical, and the little gingerbread playhouse has almost been swallowed up by it. When the kids get out there to play in it, they say it's almost like they can disappear.
I have to admit there is definitely a good chi around their little place, and the more we leave the honeysuckle, rosemary and redbuds alone, the better it seems to get.
But then again we could all benefit from being swallowed up by something wild and left to our own devices sometimes, don't you think?
I've spent every spare moment since the weekend prepping our bee yard. The grass has been removed, the landscaping fabric is secured, and the whole pad site is now bordered with rocks. This weekend I'll get the mulch that will fill in and cover the whole thing- hopefully while the hubs is building the hive stands- and then without a moment to spare I'll go get my bees!