So busy...but we went to Vermont on May 7th to pick up the bees! A long awaited for event for myself and two neighbor beekeepers! These bees are bred from Canadian Buckfast, Carniolian, Purvis Golden bees among other northern hearty strains like Russian. Gentle, disease resistant....we hope, we hope! Four hives, two for me. It was a long, long ride; about ten hours give or take on the road, leaving New Hampshire at 3 pm and getting home at 1 am. The bees were so quiet on the ride home we forgot they were there. We were a little disappointed at the delivery point as it was the end of a long week and a long day for the apiary and their day helper, who had never handled bees before just put our bees in our hives without our being able to check for the queen and brood pattern, etc. as advertised. However, they look great and are already bringing pollen in!
Dandelions are not yet in bloom here, but the maples are...and the bees seem to be finding their way in our neck of the woods.