Well, after much soul searching and looking at lists of things we need to do this year, we have decided to hold off on bees this season.
|Bee on flower, see you next year|
As much as I want to jump back into it, I need to devote the right time to it and be able to make sure their new homes are perfect in every way possible.
The original plan was to spend the weekends this Winter getting the new bee yard set up and rearranged. But working on the orchard, in between unexpectedly rainy and freezing weekends, took longer than planned. Now it's already time to start working on the garden and if we ordered bees, it would be time to pick them up at the end of March first of April.
As such, we haven't had a chance yet to relocate the hives and we wanted to have some flowers and perennials planted for them too. As for things to do, we still have to work on the flower beds around the house and outside of garden, a new fence needs to go up, we need to do some work on the house itself, a couple of big clearing projects to do as well. There is just a lot to get done and we don't want to run out of time to do all of that either.
It's just another year. That will be here before we know it. Heck, this time last year I had just put in the second hive (which subsequently succumbed to CCD).
Now I can trim trees around the future 'new' location of the hives and use power tools that make lots of noise without bothering the bees.