Sunday, June 18, 2006

Bees in Residence: Dispatch IV



A new queen bee was born today! We were in the farmhouse-- the dining cottage where we meet once a day-- for brunch and the orchard person came in and said the bees were swarming. Then they congregated in front of the farmhouse, then moved West, then to the back, and back East, in search of a new cavity with their new queen bee, who split them off from their old "tribe". I've forever been intrigued by the ideas of home and group-belonging, so seeing these bees hustle to settle down had me awe-struck. Here are some pics by Christine.

3 Comments:

Blogger Elka said...

you are turning into a hippie! ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

i heart bees. i was particularly intrigued by the notion of the beehive's inclusion in Mormon culture.

My father is a beekeeper.

He is also growing 6 fields of different types of hops to make beer out of.

Drunk hippie!!

4:14 PM  
Blogger C(h)ristine said...

dude--it turns out that the bees had outgrown their hive, and were following the new queen bee...

and that there were FIVE other queen bees who had just hatched. it was bee hive amargaddeon!

11:42 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Hi Randa,

It sounds like you're having a great time up there in the pines.

Cairo is fabulous. I'll send you an e-mail with the juicier details later.

m3 el-ma7ba!

Chris

2:52 PM  

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