Day 169 – June 18, 2019
I have always wanted to wear one of these, so when I got a chance to throw it on, I jumped. The school I work at has an apiary and today our horticulture instructor let us know that a local apiarist was coming out and if anyone want to check it out, could. So I did. I did not even know we had one of these and based on where it is, a bit off the beaten trail, it is understandable. I am not sure of what exactly we were doing, but my knowledge of bees has grown exponentially and now I am fascinated. We visited hive number 2 which contained 2 stacks of 7 frames for a total of 14 completely covered, very active, honey droplet covered stacks. I was totally amazed at how the beekeeper handled the nest, without the silkscreen mask and protective clothing and how he effortlessly guided the workers away from the areas he was checking. We were looking for the queen or any possible virgin queens (I know right, I even learned what royal jelly was, who knew) and looked for other signs. Here I am protected head to toe, and here he was, completely exposed, and by the time it we had explored the bottom stack, they were a little upset. Yet the beekeeper was stung only twice! And he said it was his fault because he irritated her more than he should have. I learned how important smoke is as well! I think it would be cool to start one. I am looking forward to the honey extraction in the fall. More pics to come when that happens. Til then, I am down to two days remaining. At least today was the last day for kids. I can finally get some work done.