Monday, July 02, 2012

Bee Beards and Stormy Weather


I promised myself I would not, under any circumstances, write a post about the fact that it was really hot this weekend. It's been hot everywhere, and there was no reason to remind y'all of our common suffering. But then, on Sunday afternoon, while Nathan was in his shed building a bookshelf and I was holed up inside, reading in front of the AC, he yelled for me to come and look at the bees. A good number of them were outside of the hive, holding on to the front of the box, just kind of sitting there. We were nervous, as we'd recently lost a hive and didn't want to lose a second, so I went back inside and began frantically Googling things like, "why are my bees outside the box?" and "are my bees about to swarm?" and "why is beekeeping so haaaaaaaard?"


Luckily, Google let me know almost instantly that my bees were not about to die or swarm or chase us down the street, stingers brandished. They were simply "bearding" - hanging around outside because it was too hot in the hive and they wanted to cool down. Needless to say, we were relieved to know we were dealing with nothing more serious than sweaty bees and that our hive, at least for now, is healthy and strong. 

In addition to bee scares and hot weather, we also spend the weekend attending a Hammerheads soccer game, after which there was a fireworks display for the Fourth of July. Best part? Hearing one of the two little girls in front of us exclaim, in an awed voice, "These fireworks are amazing!" Yes, little girl. They are.


Sunday evening we packed up some friends, some drinks, and some towels, and headed to the beach, as is our new end-of-the-weekend custom. We like going late on Sunday because most of the tourists have gone home, and we can still get a full and productive day in before getting drunk on the beach. Usually, it works out perfectly. This time, the beach had other plans.


It went from a little cloudy to THAT in about five minutes. Emergency vehicles were driving up and down the beach, telling people that in the next fifteen minutes there would be 70 MPH winds and quarter-sized hail. Everyone around us started packing up and fleeing, but we decided to wait it out. We ended up hanging out for a half an hour, watching the storm roll in and cheering for the lightening on the horizon, while polishing off a bottle of wine. Afterward, our group ate delicious Thai food at a nearby restaurant, and we agreed that it ended up being a pretty awesome beach trip, even though it wasn't quite what we had expected. The best trips usually aren't. 

11 comments:

  1. Y'all stayed on the beach? You crazy kids. :)

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    1. Truly, it was Nathan's idea to stay. He likes to live dangerously. And also we were about thirty feet from the car. :)

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  2. So glad your Bees stayed. I have now learned something to add to my Bee knowing LOL, bearding. There is so much to Bee keeping is there not. Will make that first jar of honey even sweeter won't it :O)

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    1. Definitely a big learning curve! Chickens are so easy in comparison. I think the problem with bees is that you can't just peek inside any time you're wondering what's going on. It's so hard to tell if they're behaving normally or if something's wrong!

      And yes - I can't wait for that first taste of honey! It's going to be the sweetest thing ever. :)

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    2. There is so much to learn in beekeeping you are learning new things every day. That's what makes it so interesting. Your first year as a beekeeper is as much about you learning to become a beekeeper as it is about the honeybees. I suggest going into the hive as often and as much as it takes for you to learn what is going on with the bees and to be comfortable around the bees. You can also learn a lot from just sitting outside the hive and watching the entrance activity. Good luck with your bees!
      http://www.beverlybees.com

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  3. Drinking wine on the beach in a storm sounds AMAZING. Glad to hear this hive is still going strong!

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  4. I love fireworks. One of the things I miss about home are the fireworks over the bay every week in the summer. John doesn't get it.

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  5. I also wanted to tell you I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Check it out! http://www.beverlybees.com/versatile-blogger-award

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    1. Thanks so much for the award! I'm honored. :)

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  6. Glad your bees are finding a way to stay cool...my hives enjoy a shady spot. I was worried they wouldn't get out and work as early in the morning, but it hasn't seemed to be a problem and then it takes less work to keep the hive cool enough. Happy Beekeeping!

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  7. Ours are in a shady spot too, but it's been so hot in NC - the heat index has hovered around 104 - 110 for days now! Hoping for some cooler weather this week. Fingers crossed!

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