Thursday, March 29, 2012

Bees, Bees, Bees

Oooh... We are getting so excited to welcome the newest arrivals to our home - or all 10,000 new arrivals, give or take a few.  Bees are such an integral part of everyday life, I mean really, where would we be without them, and in our effort to take a step closer to where our food comes from, bees seemed like a natural addition - both for the production of honey, and the pollination of all the fruits and veggies we're putting in the ground.  And even better, bees are freakin cool.  I mean they have a job to do and they don't mess around, they each know their own task, and the whole system functions as a well oiled machine.  It seems like us humans are a few steps behind the society of the bees. 

This past weekend, two helpers made a special trip with Papa to Better Bee to pick up our new hive (and of course some new chapstick, soap, and honey sticks).  With the hive mostly assembled, we're now trying to decide whether to stain or paint the hive.  We've found some pretty funky painted hives, but the wood is just so pretty and traditional?  Hmm.. Any thoughts?

Or better yet, any recommendations on a really good bee book?


  1. Oh, lucky you. Can't wait to hear all about your adventures into bee keeping. I am hoping to add some hives to our home next year, but am facing a little reluctance from my hubby. Following your adventure might just turn him around :)

    Have fun!

  2. There is something intimidating about having bees, not sure why. I sent Dave to 'bee school' and now he's definitely onboard, but I may need to keep talking him into goats :) although we don't really have space for them now.

  3. So excited! I can't wait to hear more buzz on the bees!

  4. What a beautiful hive. I would say just wax it and let it go natural. Then in a year's time, you could paint it. I would love to try our hand at bees, but not sure.


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