We haven’t talked bees in a while because we have had a lot going on in the garden. I have to say that this “hobby/science/obsession” is one of the most exciting and fascinating things I have ever done in my life! I can see why people dig it! My teenagers are cringing at the outdated expression. That’s o.k. I don’t get some of their sayings either.
It was an incredible feeling when my friend Henry called me to tell me that bees had moved into my trap, again! I have had that feeling exactly five times, when I yelled from the other room, “Honey, it’s time to go to the hospital!” You think I am kidding and I kind of am, but there is a feeling of excitement mixed with a little bit of fear when you realize. “This is where the rubber meets the road. I have to get this thing out now.”
I include fear in the mixture of emotions, because down South like me, here in Dallas Texas, you never know just what kind of bees you will encounter. Will they be nice gentile ladies or will they be Amazon warriors? By Amazon, I don’t mean the people that send you everything you have ever wanted right to your door. I mean seasoned women warriors that are trained to defend what is theirs to the death if it comes to that. Feeling old again here.
We were so fortunate that the bees in our swarm trap were very calm and amazing! You know who else was amazing; my Princess! She was filming the whole swarm trap retrieval. Everything went splendidly until one of those fine little ladies got caught in her hair! She was a trooper. However, it appears she is mildly allergic to bees, which means I had to find a new camera man/woman. What is interesting, is that she had flu like symptoms the next day, complete with a fever and everything. I had never heard of such a thing, but according to the internet , it happens.
The Fisherman took over filming the rest of the video. Enjoy getting a glimpse into our adventure of bee keeping. Come along with us while we retrieve the newcomers and introduce them to their new home. Enjoy!
We have to think of a name for this hive. Leave me a suggestion in the comment box and if you like the video then subscribe for more of the same. Thanks for watching.
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