Wednesday, June 8, 2011
The bees are in their new home!
After some careful planning we have installed the bees in their new home! As it turned out we didn't have sufficient southern exposure at our house (the only spot that we had outside of the backyard was in a very small clearing surrounded by trees). Bees need warm morning light (and a southern exposure) to signal them to wake up and get to work, and they need the warm morning sun to help them survive the winter. Without that sun there was some real concern as to whether or not "our girls" would survive the winter, so we were very thankful that Garrett's sister and her husband offered to have the bees at their house just a couple miles down the road. It will be convenient for Garrett to check on them regularly, but also convenient for us to have the bees in a place where our children won't be too curious! Our kids have been very interested in the bees, and rightly so, but I admit that I breathe a small sigh of relief that we won't have any mishaps with a certain young man trying to find out more on his own by opening a hive himself. Just yet, anyway.