If you walk out into our front yard, you can hear a gentle hum. It’s not threatening or ominous but quite melodious and calming. It’s the sound of several thousand bees buzzing around our yard busy doing their thing so we can enjoy properly pollinated plants, fruits, and veggies as well as some honey!
You might remember that back in May, Mr F and I attended a bee keeping class. We learned quite a bit including that it would be best to wait until September to start a hive of our own. We finally picked them up about 2 weeks ago and they’ve been happily getting adjusted ever since. We checked on them a few days ago and they seem to be thriving in their new area.
(The queen bee is the one with the red dot in the photo above.)
We’ve been really fascinated by the nature of how they operate–each bee has its own tasks and responsibilities and together they all make up a highly functional little factory. And look, they’re already making honey (the sealed pale yellow hexagons are honey)! They’ll eat that through the cooler months and then we’ll add a top layer to collect some for ourselves.
We certainly have a lot to learn but they are pretty self-sufficient and don’t require too much attention. Unlike this friendly young lady who thinks she’s a puppy and is constantly trying to jump in our laps!
Well, that’s the latest addition to the Fetch Ranch. We’ve got a couple of other things in the works so check back soon.