To Bee Or Not To Bee (a Bee-odyssey)

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    I did not see any bees crawling around inside.
     
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    Once the hive was sitting secure on two dry cinder blocks, Jim and I flipped the table upside down and placed the hive on the inside. The legs on each end were connected by a rail so we each took a side and carried the hive over and set it up to next to our Italians that had fared the winter wonderfully.
    Then we papered it up again with tar paper. I had torn it off when I started breaking down the hive originally.
    Damn it.
    I don't think I can ever forgive myself for leaving that hive over water one extra night. I should have moved it the moment I became aware of the problem.
    Because if the cold water didn't kill them, tilting the hive so dramatically most likely did.
    If the water and tilting them didn't kill it, the opened hive in the pouring rain surely did.
    After we squared away the hive, I limped back to the other field and splashed around the water until I found a water-filled mukluk.
    After I fished my sneaker out of the boot and put it over my mud-filled sock, I rinsed the boots and returned them to Jon.
    It had been a shit sandwich of a morning but at least I did the right thing at last.
    But with a second dead-out (again) it was cold comfort.
     
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    With the bread bags over each foot and leg, Jim's shoes and socks remained dry on his feet.
     
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    People visiting here probably know that our Cigkanka co-hosts writes and produces a podcast with a lovely woman from the U.K.
    It was inevitable I suppose, that I would horn in on it someway.
    But honestly, it was a fun little interview, by them with me.
    Part of a series I think.
     
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    About a week after we moved the hive, I had a warmish day that was proceeding a promised snow storm so I visited all the hives to give them sugar cakes and winter patties.
    I don't do much more than crack the top and slide the food into the candy board.
    At Dr. Jon's, I was able to see many bees in the Italian hive when I slid the food in.
    But there was no movement at all in the old nuc we had moved.
    I fed them anyway.
    The hive in my mother's garden was crazy full of bees.
    I will have to split it early this spring or it will swarm.
     
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    Dr. Jon came out while we were visiting the bees and told me they had decided to hold weddings on their farm.
    He asked me if I minded moving the bees.
    Sigh.
     
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    I got a text from Dr. Jon Easter morning.
    FYI you have busy bees in both hives!
     
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    I guess there must be something to these ancient Pagan traditions and seasonal cycles.
     
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    Three of my favorite topics, covered in one vid.
     
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