Colin thought it might upset the bees to move the frames from his hives to ours, and since the bees think it's late in the year, and upsetting them is best avoided, so he put his hive where ours was. We agreed that in spring we would put the bees in our hive and give Colin back his.
It was a proud moment when he and Erik moved the hive into place, and our bees were liberated form their locked quarters while in transit.
Unfortunately we were all a bit to close at that moment and Colin had to suddenly provide a rapid teaching session on how to comb bees out of exposed long hair. Poor Elena was stung under her eye, and had to go off to work with a rescue remedy splashed on liberally! But Colin did teach us to be relaxed about them - we will all get stung sooner or later.
|Erik & the colony|
|Colin explains the setup|
|Elena and Bee with Colin|
|A bee in Bee's hair!|
|A glimpse of our bees|
It's been a long journey from initial idea to finally getting the bees on site, but I'm so excited that we're now really a community beekeeping scheme at last! And it has really been a community effort, so a big thank you to everyone who's joined in the planning and doing, contributed their ideas, enthusiasm and skills. This is only just the beginning!
If you would like to know more about Norwich Community Bees, visit http://www.norwichcommunitybees.blogspot.com/.
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