I got some Bees last night!!! Very excited and very interesting driving from Newcastle to Yorkshire in a car shared with a few thousand bees (ablight they were securely housed in a hive)
A 2 hour drive to Morpeth , started at just after 4pm, turned in a 2 hour 40 minute drive after reaching a road traffic collision on the A1. 5 minutes from Morpeth.. but at least it was going and not coming back. Arrived just before 7pm
Once I arrived at the chaps apiary and one hour later after a good cal (chat) we loaded the hive in to the car (cash was exchanged) and the journey home begin
Failing to prepare is preparing to fail, so before I set off, I got my bee suit and veil hanging down my back (just in case any escape from the hive on route to where I have sited my bee's) so I was fully prepared for any issues
5 minutes down the A1 I spotted in my rear view mirror 1 solitary honey bee, walking up my back window. Gulp....
However, she was the only one I saw all the way home, so no escapes just one that got trapped
Got home, unloaded the hive and put it on a stand. It was quite dark by now as it was about 10.20pm. I put my suit on properly now including veil up and gloves on. Took the tape of the front of the bee entrance and removed the wrag that had bunged the whole up.
Walked back to the car and got the torch and shone it on the entrance, the little darlings were already wandering out. Had a proud father moment
This afternoon, went to check on them and this was the sight that met me
Now I will admit this made me a little nervous. So I took a photo, that always calms things down and promptly left (after getting stung once, beekeeping I might add should not be done in shorts, t shirts and steel toe capped boots, as bee's do not like getting trapped in behind the boot tongue)
I then came home and rang Duncan from my local Bee Association (that I am a happy member of), he advised me this is known as bearding, it is quite normal and it is like you or I chilling, outside the pub with a beer in hand with our mates in the lovely afternoon sun, just to cool down. Well go figure. I will never look at my bee's in the same light again.