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Two bees, or not two bees [Jul. 10th, 2008|06:59 am]
Well, the Bee Lady (officially Bee Wrangler) came on Tuesday to move my bees. Turns out we were wrong...they didn't move in while we were on vacation. Apparently, they've been there for close to two years. We didn't notice before because when the hive was smaller they could all fit inside the wall.

I didn't get any pictures of the bee removal, because I was at work, but when I got home the Bee Lady was ready to move the bees. She showed us the queen, and the boxes (two boxes!). Over ten pounds of bees! Middle Daughter hid in the house, but The Boy and I stuck around. The queen was in a special little chamber which hangs on the outside of a box, so any stray bees will find her and hang on to the box. When the Bee Lady brought the little chamber over to show us, all the stray bees followed her. It was pretty cool. And now my bees are living happily on a farm in the country. No, really. She even told me which farm, I guess in case I ever want to go visit them.

The Bee Lady asked if she could take some of the cedar posts from the pergola. So now there is less stuff for us to haul to the dump. Win-win!

And the best part? She left us some ziplock bags of honeycomb, complete with honey! Yummy!

[User Picture]From: skipperja
2008-07-10 03:32 pm (UTC)
Yay! for home-grown honey! And all that fun information about bees. You know there has been a great deal of worry about bees dying off, so you've had some part in helping counteract that.
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[User Picture]From: jchammonds
2008-07-10 08:44 pm (UTC)
Oooh, honey is a yummy/handy thing to have around! I'm glad your little bees went to a good home. ;D
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[User Picture]From: millimom
2008-07-12 04:08 am (UTC)
This is soooo cool! And I'm glad that your bees are getting a nice place in the country.

Oh wait, now I'm jealous. I get ants from time to time and they don't leave behind anything yummy!
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[User Picture]From: jzygail
2008-07-12 03:55 pm (UTC)
Yum. I'm very jealous. I've learned to like honey. I don't love it, but I like it pretty well now. And also, we're really hurting for bees around here. I've had to fertilize my tomato plants myself with a blush brush (clean one). Last year only about 1/3 of the blossoms on my tomato plants fertilized. And a local beekeeper was robbed of his entire colony last month.
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[User Picture]From: aims814
2008-07-17 02:11 pm (UTC)
Wow! Bees! My daddy used to be a bee-keeper and kept our friends and family in honey all the time. Then, when our neighborhood grew he gave his bees away. Just recently, he removed some bees from an old church and there was enough honey for everyone in the congregation. Mmmm, honeycomb, dripping with honey! Love that -
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