Straightforward. Yeah, right.

“WHY would I use the word ‘straightforward’ in ANY sentence involving beehive removal work??” I stared at the wall, hoping solutions would appear.  Solutions failed to appear.  I stared some more.  Solutions persisted in their absence. The job was supposed to be relatively straightforward.  My boss at the Corps had a hive that had shownContinue reading “Straightforward. Yeah, right.”

Love on the Battlefield

The setting of the National Cemetery at the Vicksburg National Military Park is one of the most peaceful ones imaginable.  The rolling loess hillside, graves in neat rows, each section terraced to provide a continuity among the gathered dead.  Oak trees, expanded to their full canopied width.  Magnificent magnolia trees, filled with heady blossoms.  AncientContinue reading “Love on the Battlefield”

Pretender to the Throne

She has no claim on this throne, but she went in, nevertheless. 2 queens, 2 cages, 3 nurse bees to help out.  $37.50 each. Last Saturday, I bought a nucleus hive and two queens from my mentor.  (A recent flood had taken out a bunch of his ‘nucs’, and he only had one that heContinue reading “Pretender to the Throne”

Taking, Pried In my Work, with a Stinging Postscript

Back at it. (If you just want to read about me getting stung repeatedly, skip to that part of the story at the bottom of the entry, under follow-up:) I was determined today to remove the eave bracket and get at the honeybees inside.  Suited up, grabbed the crowbar, and started crowbarring. The first partContinue reading “Taking, Pried In my Work, with a Stinging Postscript”

First Job – FAIL (for the moment)

Last Monday I set aside the time to remove the bees from Duff Green.  Quick in, quick out, two hives of bees to relocate. The result was awful. An unmitigated failure. The space is not enough to get the hydraulic lift in, said Harley.  But, she said, we have some really long ladders – 60′Continue reading “First Job – FAIL (for the moment)”

The Flowers Appear on the Earth – Honeybee edition

With bated breath, I opened my hives this weekend.  Saturday was a warmer day for us, with temperatures in the mid-60s.  I watched the bees come and go from each of the three hives that had survived last summer and fall, and they were carrying loads of pollen into their homes.  My girls were busy.Continue reading “The Flowers Appear on the Earth – Honeybee edition”

Late-Season Removal

The bees were pretty aggressive.  That was a change. The lift.  Bees were located betweenthe two windows on the right Several months ago, Mrs. Joyce Clingan called me and asked me to remove the bees that were in the corner of her home.  We had planned to schedule the removal to coincide with the fixingContinue reading “Late-Season Removal”

Vacuuming the Bees

You meet with the person in charge of the auditorium, and are immediately put at ease by his easygoing demeanor and easy smile.  After showing you how to find the ladder, Mr. Artiss opens the door to let you hook up the vacuum.  You have coordinated with a co-worker to meet you and hold theContinue reading “Vacuuming the Bees”

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