Given these ladies had a...uh...rough start, I've accepted the fact that this first season - which is usually a building year anyway - is going to be exceptionally slow, even as beginning years go.
Though let's hope they're not like our local pro football team who has been having building season after rebuilding season after What Sport Are We Playing Again? season since the turn of the century here.
Lord it makes me ill to think about. This is one time I really miss the 80s.
Anyway, the bees, well, they're fine.
I ripped on the veil and jacket during a nice hot day and, other than the sweat running into my eyeballs, encountered zero drama, as you can plainly see in this ultra boring video I took during the hive check.
I'm sure that some day a video like this will get immediately trashed because HELLO nothing fun happens. However, given the chaos that has been this first season with my own hive, I still want to sit here and bask in the glory of Nothing Scary Happens, so you still get boring videos until such time as my resting heart rate drops to normal levels.
While I love the bees and checking the hive and none of it bothers me now, the sounds and smells (I didn't realize the veil had a smell until after The Rapture that had me putting on the veil 4 times in a day) of the Day One Shall Not Soon Forget are forever emblazoned on my soul.
Like, zipping on that veil gives me flashbacks of my personal Nam.
And if you didn't like the zero-drama way this post began, you're welcome for this new manufactured drama courtesy of moi.
So - in sum - the bees are fine as far as I can tell, but I'm thinking I may add the feeder back on if they don't start to accumulate some capped honey stores soon since I'm afraid they're starving out the queen and babies.
But that decision will wait for the next hive check. Meanwhile, they're fabulously busy bossing around the now-blooming lavender.
|I AM THE BOSS OF YOU, LAVENDER. Now sit there and take it.|