Welcome Home Bees!

I’m a brand new beekeeper, and my first package of bees arrived yesterday! I had the bright idea to make a video of me installing them into the top bar hive I made a few months ago.

The video turned out kinda funny. First, I tried to narrate as if I knew what I was doing. It was my first time. It’s pretty clear that I had no idea what I was doing! My mom was wearing a full bee suit while holding camera, and she was terrified of the bees! Then at the end of the video, one of the bees found her way under my veil and  into my hat! I ended up getting stung on my head. It’s pretty funny.

I’ll have more posts about my adventures in beekeeping over the next few weeks and months. For now, watch the short unedited video of my first day here –

I’m a Keeper

My top bar beehive!

I spent some time this winter making an art project to put in the garden this spring. It’s a top bar beehive that will house a new colony of honeybees that I’m getting later this month. I’m so excited to become a beekeeper!

In preparation for the bees, I’ve been studying about them and how they work together to build and manage their hive. While doing my bee research, I read Thomas D. Seeley’s book Honeybee Democracy. Seeley is a professor at Cornell University who has devoted his life to studying honeybees, more specifically, he’s studied the way a swarm of bees democratically decides where to locate their hives. It’s just fascinating.  Continue reading “I’m a Keeper”