We ought to get the word that our three nucs are ready for pickup in the next week or so. In preparation we are entering the final phases of hive construction: painting, a little hardware for the shutters, glass to cut and install, and making many top bars. Making ekes will probably be defered for a bit. We began cutting the lumber months ago. Whither flies the time?

BarnAlso we had built for us the pretty green structure at left to provide a substantial windbreak from the west for the bees. Unlike our hives (or Rome) the four workmen built it in a day, not counting whatever cutting and framing took place offsite before the pieces were assembled in our yard.

Its sixteen foot wide face (eighteen feet tall at peak) braced by twenty-four foot walls should nicely block the fierce wintry blasts that are aimed up the driveway by the trees lining it.

As an added benefit windbreaks such as this have a fair bit of empty space within, which, we are told, owners often exploit for storage. That explains the doors, which had been puzzling us. And the windows presumably allow light to enter, the better to see what one is storing. In addition, in order to more easily take advantage of the vertical space there is an eight foot deep loft at each end.

With this novel notion of windbreak as storage space in mind we can see some useful DIY to enhance that in our future. A ramp at each door will aid getting heavier machinery in and, perhaps, we can do better than using a ladder to reach the lofts.

It may be possible to move enough machinery and other things from our garage into the new “barn”, as the workmen called it, to allow us to park one actual car in the two-car garage. The prospect makes us giddy.