A lot has happened over the past several months. 4 out of 5 of my hives survived and are looking strong and ready for a springtime explosion. Exciting news right? Well, I had to sell the hives. We moved to California, and it was looking just a little bit too complicated to get the hives across state line. So here I am in beautiful sunny Cali with flowers blooming everywhere, but with no little nectar collecting insects to call my own. A bee-less beekeeper is a pitiful sight. At least I think so.
But behold! Within the week of our arrival, a swarm landed in the neighbors yard! Except it was about 35 feet high, right next to the power lines. Sigh. Well I scrambled to put a hive or two together, to hopefully entice the cluster to move in, but they did not find my offerings appealing enough. Sigh again. Now we have been here about a month. My friend from down the street knocked on the door and told me about another swarm right around the corner. There was already a beekeeper there, but I went to investigate anyway and offer my assistance. It didn't take long and she offered the bees to me, since she didn't have enough equipment. YES!!! I am a happy beekeeper with bees once again!