Last couple of visits

Last sunday my mentor, Tim, came to visit my hives to make sure everything was ok.I got to use the smoker for the first time on my hives…this warns the bees that you are about to visit. When they smell […]

Hive #2 checked on wednesday

Went back to hive #2 yesterday to see if I could see evidence of the queen. It wasn’t overly warm, but the sun was out. I noticed about equal amounts of traffic in/out of both hives. However, I still was […]

2nd visit to the hives

Today it was pretty sunny and decently warm so I went to check on the queen activities…checking to see if both had started laying eggs. I arrived around 1pm and checked hive 1 first. I worked from north to south […]

the queen is in da house…

Yesterday around 5:45pm I returned to the hives to release the queens from their special cages.This involved opening each hive, removing the queen cage from between the frames, and prying out a small piece of cork that was keeping the […]


bee installation complete!

Yesterday I went to pickup “the girls”. They were in transit from california, destined for a fellow beekeeping club member’s home in bellevue, wa. which is about 25 minutes away. The bee van had not arrived upon me showing up, […]

They’re heeerrrre

Just learned that my bees are in transit from california. ETA is ~7pm or thereabouts. I will go pick them up in my car- in the trunk that is. I will have about 9lbs of bees in my trunk! I […]

busy weekend

This weekend it got quite warm, which allowed a visit to my mentor’s beehives for my “training” session. I also checked on the status of the bees, coming from california, and the guy bringing them will have to coordinate closely […]

me in my hive suit and frames (that the bees draw comb upon)


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