We belong to the Plymouth County Beekeepers' Association, and just finished bee school.  We learned so much, and there are so many helpful members there, we're very fortunate to be able to learn from so many great beekeepers!

We've been preparing for the bees for a couple of months.  We made platforms for the hives (we've got to be careful about skunks around here).  At first we were nervous about having them right in the yard, so we were going to put them in the woods.  A long time beekeeper from our club had told us they would do just fine out there (bees do nest in hollow trees, after all), but then others convinced us they'd do better with more sunlight, so we build two closer to the edge of the woods - great morning sun there!

Two hive locations

We had decided to go with all medium supers due to weight; I am actively participating in hubby's bee adventure, so we wanted to keep everything light enough for me to handle, too.  Full sized, fully filled supers are quite heavy, from what we've heard.  One of the club members is moving south, and he offered several medium supers full of drawn comb - we bought two of them for our girls, they are moving into furnished condos!

Fully Drawn Comb

On 4/22/2006, Earth Day, we installed our first two packages of bees into their new home.  We went down to a local farm to pick them up - we actually got there a bit late, there had been over fifty more packages picked up prior to our arrival::

Newly arrived packages

Here is hubby with his new girlfriends:

Greg with new girlfriends

We drove home with the girls in the back.  The day was cool, so while they were in the barn they were pretty quiet, but as they warmed up in the truck they got pretty loud.  Not angry loud, just wondering what the heck was going on loud.  Finally they were home:

Home sweet home

The last picture I got was one queen in the super - things got a little hectic after that and there's no more pictures!

Queen box in super