The big brown truck drove up our driveway this afternoon delivering a much anticipated package - two packages actually.
We have had bees for years, off and on, however, all of our equipment was scavenged from here and there. None of our hives fit together very well, being made by different people at different times. All of our bottom boards were rotting and our hive bodies beginning to fall apart. This year, we decided to make an investment in our honey bees. We ordered beautiful new English Garden Hives from Brushy Mountain Bees. Sir Knight and I have started off with two new hives, although Maid Elizabeth has plans to order two more.
|Unwrapping the frames|
|The bottom board|
Our new hives are untreated wood, so they will need to be either painted or verathaned. I plan to just verathane them and enjoy the natural beauty of the wood. Until then I will be putting them on a table at the foot of the stairs and enjoy seeing them in all their glory. The copper tops can be polished or allowed to acquire a lovely weathered-green patina (my choice, I think).
Maid Elizabeth and I will be busy getting the hives ready for their new inhabitants, which will be delivered in April (I'm pretty sure the post-mistress will love me!). Until then, I will just bask in the beauty of my lovely new English Garden Hives!
(As much fun as we had opening the boxes, Master Calvin in his best friend Hobbes had more fun playing in the empty boxes and packaging. It was a big day!)
|Calvin & Hobbes|