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New Hive at Still Creek

Friday April 6 was the day we installed the first of 2 new hives at Still Creek Community Garden.  The day was looking great scattered cloud and the temperature nearing 12 C when I picked up the packages, one for the garden and one for a fellow beekeeper. [caption id="attachment_732" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="new packages"]new packages[/caption] We headed to the garden and were met with showers and a small thunder-storm! I was prepared with a pop up tent as last year it was the same weather, unpredictable [caption id="attachment_733" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="pop up tent"]pop up tent[/caption] There was about 15 people expected to witness the hiving of the package so we set up a little info table in the shed. Both myself and my partner spent time informing gardeners of the fabulous world of the bee. [caption id="attachment_720" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="info table"]info table[/caption] The garden had purchased 3 veils and when we asked who would like  to wear them immediately 3 little arms shot up and the 3 boys in the front got to see it all up close [caption id="attachment_724" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="three amigos"]three amigos[/caption] The installation went well. I added a two frame feeder along with a frame of honey I had in the freezer from last year and used mostly drawn comb so the queen doesn't have to wait until the bees draw out the wax comb for her to lay eggs in. [caption id="attachment_727" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="queen in cage"]queen in cage[/caption] [caption id="attachment_729" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="hard to see but there are bees in the hive"]bees in hive[/caption]

Here is a video that one of our gardeners made event [youtube=]

All in all a wonderful day.  New bees, new people interested in bees and I got to share my stoke.          ("stoked" - adjective - to be "stoked" is to be completely and intensely enthusiastic, exhilarated, or excited about something. those who are stoked all of the time know this; being stoked is the epitome of all being. when one is stoked, there is no limit to what one can do. )
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