Friday, April 18, 2008

Parallel Universe

Or something! I'm beginning to wonder.

Yesterday evening, around 6, I was catching up on blogs. I went to Roberta's blog (Life At A Boarding Stable) and read that the bees that had stopped in a tree at her place had now moved on. When I went outside to join my husband on the back patio he mentioned that our bee swarm had moved on also.

These pictures are what's left of the bees this morning. A few stragglers remain who will most likely die, according to info gleaned from the internet.

If you look carefully you can see the beginnings of a honeycomb. It's that white waxy stuff on the branches and a bigger blob sticking out off the branch where the remaining bees are congregated. That was a surprise to me. I didn't think they would make a comb unless they were in their permanent spot.

At least now I can let the cows out of their pen for some exercise. I had been reluctant to do so with the bees in the tree because they like to rub quite vigorously on the trunks. I was afraid it would disturb the bees and they would come charging down to attack the bovines.

And, MT, one of these days I may keep a box of bees for our own use. But for now that will have to wait until we move to a bigger property. So look at it this way: It will give me time to read up about how to properly take care of them and what all is required to extract the honey.

One of these days.

PS-click on the first picture and you should be able to get a good blown up version.


Anonymous said...

The very least you could do would be to harvest the wax and make a little candle. I'll be looking for future blogs on candle making, OK?

Anonymous said...

Boy, some people sure have high expectations. You don't have to do anything you don't wanna do, TF.

Love your blogs!