The wind is blowing and the snow is melting. The clouds are scudding across the sky and I am thinking that I have a few posts to write if I want to catch up on my goals!
Today I will talk a bit about our bees. Last year we bought a beehive, and another. Then I plunked some money down on a hive of my own. This year we have a few NUCs on order and we hope to split the hives we currently have.
Whenever it was warm enough, Eric would walk down and listen – checking to see if there were any signs of life and counting the days till spring! Fast forward to this past week – the 11th to be precise.
I was at work when the urgent call came through – come home. Do not stop at any stores. We need help. Turns out that the creek had flooded and the bees stood in danger of being drowned in ice cold water. The water was so high it was over my boots.
There was not much we could do about the water. Fortunately we had a few 2×6’s that were nearby. Together we tilted the hives and raised them about 2 inches above the water level. I prayed it would be enough. We went home and finished our day.
In the morning, Eric’s first errand was to check on the bees. He was certain we would lose them all. The snow was still melting upstream, after all. This is what we came to….
By Saturday the water had retreated and we could relax.
LESSON to be learned: We were pretty confident that our bees were safe. They weren’t. Life is full of unplanned events. I don’t have back up plans for everything – including this. One thing I did know – we were still going forward with this part of our plan. New queens are coming in May. Our goal is still to have 10 healthy hives by the end of this season.
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