ThreeLittleHives

Our three nucs are ready for pickup from Dr. Milbrath and we hope to be able to do so within the week. Meanwhile the hives are mostly ready. There is always a last minute detail and then a last last minute detail. Nevertheless they are sufficiently complete to take their places in the bee-yard for a fashion shoot.

At left and center respectively in the photo (as usual click for a larger image) are the new twins, Dorcas, elegant in Wild Grapes purple, and Clarissa, cool in Mint Sprig green, both sporting this season’s saltbox roof, of which there ought to be a future construction post, while at the right under her traditional peaked roof, is our greying Beatrix, still classically bare to the elements in her natural cedar.

Not seen is our first hive, Annabelle, still in Suddenly Sapphire blue, who is on Sabbatical for the season to enjoy some tender, loving repair, which also should be the subject of at least one future post.

In our giddy anticipation of again having honeybees living in our yard we once more commit poetastry with mischief aforethought, this time inspired by a tune from Gilbert and Sullivan.

Three little hives in the yard are we
Each awaiting nuc of honeybee
To become a thriving colony
Three little hives in the yard

Building comb on each top bar
Foraging both near and far
Soon to fill thief’s honey jar
Three little hives in the yard

Three little hives are Tanzanian
With windows for one to see in
Though our bees are European
Three little hives in the yard
Three little hives in the yard

One little hive’s done this before
This season there will be two more
Hum of honeybees galore
Three little hives in the yard
Three little hives in the yard

To two little hives add a new pair
Take first old one off to repair
Populate those remaining there
Three little hives in the yard
Three little hives in the yard

Three little hives are Tanzanian
With windows for one to see in
Though the bees are European
Three little hives in the yard
Three little hives in the yard

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