The Beekeeper's Apprentice Steps Up

| 5/25/2011 10:38:14 AM

When our beekeeper pal Noam called to say he was departing last night for Barcelona (Madrid v Barcelona, compelling reason indeed to travel), he said the timing should still work for him to introduce the new bee colony into Hive 2. Noam came over with apprentice Robyn, who's been taking classes and was eager for an up-close look at the hives. 


Backing up, Hive 2 didn't make it through the winter, sad, but nature has her reasons. Most important, there was no apparent disease. The bees seemed to have frozen, though they had honey stores not far away...but perhaps too far to leave the warmth of the colony to retrieve. Yesterday was pick-up day for our new bee family, but delivery was delayed. Noam walked Robyn through the steps just in case she needed to step up. And did she ever.


 Robyn rendezvoused last night with  Simpsons , kept the bees on her deck, and arrived here today with 10,000 Italians in a box. 

We suited up and calmed ourselves.

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