When Idiots Keep BeesSubmitted by fishyculture on Wed, 08/27/2014 - 20:13
We finally got a swarm of bees this spring! I put the lovely Warre hive boxes that hawkiye made to use at last! When the time came to add a box, I was living on the farm in the RV, the only bee book I had was "Beekeeping For Dummies" (a much loved and used gift!) and I just flipped to the page about adding a box. I went out and put the empty box on top of the full one. OK, my husband put it on top, but I was the one who said to do it. It had only been there a few days before I remembered that is one of the differences with Warre boxes, and we went to move it. Too late. The bees were already just building up, instead of down.
This kind of grace has kept us going on this entire venture. When we screw up, nature finds a way to cover our tracks. In this case, what the bees are creating is just stunning to me, but then maybe I am biased. I am awfully grateful to them for joining our little funny farm, and learning how to get along with the weird humans running it.
For the record, neither my husband nor I have been stung at this point. But then, we have not tried to harvest any honey yet...