As this posts, I will be driving about 70 miles NW of Houston to get our girls. We ordered from R Weaver Apiaries. The variety that we chose is called BUCKFAST, an Italian strain known for being gentle with long lived queens and are great honey producers.
After picking them up, and watching a live demo, I will drive straight to the farm and start our "installation process". That's what putting the bees and their queen into their new home is called. This will be a whole new, very unique, experience, probably the singular most exciting part of the process other than honey extraction that will happen later in the year.
I'll be sure to document it all.
Hope you are having a good start to the weekend! Might not have the photos up tonight, but I'll at least give an update and let you know how it all went and that I am still alive.