- I decided to rotate the hives 90 degrees. It's not ideal to have to walk and/or work in front of the hives. Rotating the hives enables me to always be at the back.
- I decided to add slatted racks so that the bees can have more room during the heat of the summer. (After all, it is already 90 degrees here today.)
- I decided to start with the feisty hive.
I manage to get the bottom board on the new base. I place the new slatted rack on top. But, in my hurry, because the pinging has begun AGAIN, I can't even remember if I put it on right! Oops! Then, I remove the small hive beetle trap and am surprised to see that it is empty. Is this a good thing? I hope so. Then, I start putting the hive back together. First up, the hive body. I slide it on. Then, the very heavy medium super. On it goes. Finally, the last medium super. Sliding this on, I hear clang, ping, clang. I realize that because of the honey, there is gravel stuck to the bottom of the super and it has now fallen through the hive. I hope I did not do damage to Juliet, the queen, or squish too many bees. But, at this point, I am not going back in to double check. It is what it is and I have to let this go. I get the inner cover on and the telescoping cover and it's done. I take a step back and look and wouldn't you know it, the slatted rack is crooked! Crooked! I tried to shift its position, but the hive bodies are so heavy all up on top that it won't budge. It will just have to be. Today, I battled the bees, but I also battled my need for perfection. It will have to do. I will have to learn to let it go.
I took one look at Eloise and let the girls over there know they are off the hook. They will get relocated another day. I have had enough fun for today. Honestly, I wouldn't mind a little break, coming back in January, when there are fewer bees to harass me! After I cleaned up the area from the huge mess I had made, I sat in my chair near the hives -a spot that has become my favorite as it is almost hypnotic to watch the bees do their thing - and became re-energized. I did it. It wasn't pretty. It wasn't my best performance. At a few points, I was afraid. But, I didn't quit. I persevered. This is something I am always telling my kids to do. I listened to myself and did it. And, as I sat there, watching the girls, I realized, these bees really are amazing, tolerant insects. And, I felt very thankful that they didn't sting me. Not once. Lots of warnings, but no stings. Today was a rough day in the bee yard, but not even 5 minutes into watching the girls, I wanted to be back at it. Talk about 180 degrees!
|Juliet on the left and Eloise on the right.|
|Juliet's new position, rotated 90 degrees. The white stripe near the bottom is the new slatted rack I added.|
|Eloise in her usual position with the two new hive stands on the right, waiting for her. The hive stands are courtesy of the Spruill Art Gallery Garden. These were blocks removed to make way for the new garden.|