Today is my sweeties birthday, Happy Birthday 'honey'. A bit of a double meaning here as he got an early B.day surprise Tuesday evening.
While I was getting ready to prepare dinner, a knock came at the door. It was a neighbor on the other side of the property next to the Little House, what we call Charlies place (but now Pat's place, a story for another time). He came to tell that there was a large swarm of bee's next to our other garden. Yikes...the Mr. was on his way home from work and perhaps 45 min. away. That meant that I had to get a hive over there and be a brave girl..OOOhh Nooo!
I swallowed hard, laced up my boots, put rubber bands around my pant lets, grabbed my bee hat thing (technical term) and special gloves. Emptied the wheelbarrow, loaded the spare hive and wheeled it over and loaded it in the rig.
Off I went, not knowing what to expect or how to even take care of it when I got there.
Oh boy, as you can see, the swarm was huge. That is a branch on a walnut tree and it was pulled down by the weight of the swarm..just inches from the ground. No room for me to put it under them so, with the help of neighbor Jerry, I placed it as close as I could and hurried back to a safe distance. Those are pollen patties on the top, if you were wondering.
When the Mr. got there, he had some more pieces to add to the hive and went to work switching things around. I am always happy to see him when he comes home but for some reason I was a lot happier that day!!
Here he is, with no protection on, giving 'the girls' a bit of a nudge to their new home. You can imagine me biting my nails on the sidelines.
You would have been very proud of me in the end...I took loppers and cut that limb while he held it. After that, the limb was free to be placed right on the hive and in they all went.
Tonight or tomorrow night, we will be moving the entire hive over to our place, in the field right behind the house. I will take some pics and share next week.
The window boxes are starting to fill in nicely and will be so pretty when all of the flowers start spilling over the sides.
You can see the little shed/shop in the bottom photo, I will be starting that project on Monday..can't wait to share progress with you all.
Wishing you all a joy filled weekend. xo