There are two kinds of people in this world, ready? “We have bees out here at Bonnie Blue!”
You are Person 1: ‘uh, why? Like on purpose?’
You are Person 2: ‘No way, that’s so cool!’
There is no in-between. Which were you? 😛
Back in ye olde days of apartment living, I was made aware of the endangerment of honey bees! They pollinate and give me end results of coffee and avocado toast. Ergo, I’m a fan of their survival. Fast forward to moving out here, I KNEW I wanted honey bees. The joke was on me because guess what was waiting for me?!
Our property had sat vacant for over 6 months, so the bees made themselves at home in the water meter! I remember being so excited and reaching out via FB for anyone that could help me transplant them in the hive and got tons of responses. Alas, it was not meant to be…during the plumbing overhaul, I saw a plumber flinging honeycomb out and across the yard. I rushed over to him to no avail. They were gone. I promised these insects that I would make it up to them and boy did I!
For our anniversary last year, I wanted my bees! An order was placed through Texas Bee Supply in Blue Ridge, TX for a nuc (pronounced: nuke) which is a shortened form for ‘nucleus.’ A concentrated supply of bees with a few already established frames. a couple thousand bees and most importantly…a queen!
The day finally arrived: y’all, I had a countdown on my phone! Picture it: May. Texas. A woman with absolutely ZERO clues as to what she’s doing aside from reading online, dressed up in a typical beesuit driving the car and loading up what amounts to a warm, and loudly buzzing cardboard box, setting it in the trunk, wrapping it as best as you can wrap a nuclear reactor in a long-forgotten bedsheet and DRIVING HOME. Now imagine said woman, talking to the bees and giving them random female names. “Now Agatha, get back in that box, you’d hate for me to have an accident wouldn’t you?” Insane. The woman was insane. The woman was me. I am the woman.
It’s now winter and they haven’t died yet so I must be doing something right! This spring my handsome G will rig up an extractor so that we can get some honey and thank everyone for
putting up with my insanity their friendship! Super exciting!
Oh, the “birds” part of this post, they’re coming!
At any rate, whether you are a Person 1, or a Person 2, you are just as welcome here at Bonnie Blue!