So I was a happy bee-keeper for about 3 weeks! It seemed such a good idea; you allow a beekeeper to keep his hive in your garden in exchange for some honey.
But…yesterday the colony took wing and scarpered…
And set up shop in a nearby bush!
When they swarmed, my entire garden was filled with a loud humming noise, and I stood in the middle of a cloud of bees! I was almost weeping; with the beauty and excitement of it, but also with the sadness of loss. I knew they were off.
Later on when I looked into the hive, I quite understood their decision to move out
Instead of being attached to the top of the box, the combs were scattered on the floor. I am not sure how this came about, but what a mess!
You can see one sad little bee, trying to look after the brood cells…
So I say Goodbye to my bee dream for now. I hope they find a new home in time to produce enough honey to survive the winter.
This is when they first arrived to my garden https://annakeiller.wordpress.com/2012/06/14/keeping-bees/