Our Home. Finishing Touches
The scaffolding came down the same day our bees arrived. Amidst the noise and throng of industrious scaffolders, master beekeeper Geoff checked on our 8 colonies of bees in the orchard, each in their own brood box.
Re-homing bees is skilled work. You need to wait until the last bee is back in the box from its days’ work – sometimes as late as 11pm at this time of year – to quietly close up the box, move it and reopen it so that the workers can fly again from dawn. Bees need to be moved less than three feet or more than three miles in order to reorient themselves. Because ours came from just down the road, they actually had to be moved twice – far enough away the first time, that they wouldn’t be confused when they were settled in our orchard.