We said goodbye to our hives yesterday. It was actually pretty sad. I didn't care so much about the yellow hive but I was really attached to the pink one (the one you see being carried away). That was my very first hive after I took the U of M beekeeping course and we've managed to get it through two winters and this was our third spring having them, they were also our mild tempered and happy bees. My husband said I looked pitiful, like a lost child watching them from the window being carried away.We discussed just keeping the one hive because they really were a great bunch of bees to have but we just couldn't get past the possibility that, even if we managed them well, they could swarm again and next time it might not turn out so great. I kept having visions of them swarming during one of the neighbors many dusk til dawn lawn parties.
Hubby and I are already discussing other options. We have a couple friends that live in the country and we might approach them about keeping our bees. One of them has wanted to have bees but wasn't so sure she wanted to do the management part of it, so we're thinking she might be a good option. Otherwise, we do plan on moving so we might wait until then to get another hive, we'll see.
For now, Jim at Natures Nectar took our babies away. I feel good that he was the one to take them since he's the guy I orginally purchased my packages from. Who better to have our hives than the man I bought them from, right?
So anyway...a couple pictures to share:
Jim getting the hives ready to be hauled away.
and then carrying my favorite one out.
Middy (my middle child) is pretty mad at me. She loves the bees. We have spent every day since spring of 2010 checking them out each morning, watching them fly in and out throughout the day (aside from winter). I didn't realize she had grown as attached as I did. She kept trying to think of reasons they didn't have to go. She thinks people around us should "suck it up and get with the program." lol! She's already asking when we can get some more. I guess her nagging will get me moving on finding someone to let us keep them on their property.
Did I ever mention how much I hate living in the city?