I've had a couple people ask me lately, "how are your bees are doing?"
They are bursting out of their hives! Literally! One of my hives swarmed last week
(some of the bees packed up and left)
This is not a good thing...
I was actually thinking about dividing that hive the day before they flew the coop, because it was so full. But, decided to add supers (honey boxes) instead.
(not my swarm above, but this is what it looked like)
The good news is I was able to catch the swarm and I started a new hive with them. I wish I got pictures, but I had my hands full. It being the first time I've caught a swarm of bees, I was a little nervous about the whole thing (to say the least) But it was really exciting and a little scary too. I wasn't worried about getting stung, I had my bee suit on...but from what I was reading, once you have a hold of the branch and you cut it. They say the bees will be heaver than you think they will be. I just DID NOT want to drop them.
Everything went smoothly and they are enjoying their new home (hive) with extra elbow room.
It's all so exciting!
The lavender bee box in the video above is the one that swarmed. There are still soooo many bees in that box, it's crazy!
This year Yosemite decided to make it mandatory to have a permit (7 days a week) to hike Halfdome.
Last year (when we hiked it) you only had to have a permit if you hiked it on Friday, Saturday or Sunday (the busiest days)
So when my sister said she really wanted to hike Halfdome this year with us, we've been trying to get permits, but no luck. Permits are only $1.50 each with a limit of 4. But getting your hands on them is difficult, they sell out FAST! There is a note on Yosemite's website that says-
NOTE: This hiking permit is transferable, but cannot b e resold or auctioned.
Resale of this permit is a violation of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, section 1.6. You are allowed to give this permit to anyone else, but each permit can only be used once.
But we are starting to find permits being auctioned on ebay and on Craigslist for more than $100 per permit.
I wish Yosemite would go back to the way it was last year...
On a brighter note, something fun is happening here (right here) this Thursday (April 21st)
So mark your calendar and wear your party hat, it's going to be fun!
I've been in a Spring fever kind of mood this week (inspiration for this weeks beads of course) If you'd like to check out this weeks goodies, I have some new things here and here too.
Plus, a little giveaway...
If you'd like a chance to win a little baby Easter Egg Fairy of your own . Just leave a comment on this post below. I'll give you over the weekend to do so and I'll pick a winner early Monday morning using random.com. It's that easy peasy...Good luck! xo Drawing closed...I'll post the winner in the morning, Good Luck!
My name is Maria and I live in California (smack dab in the middle) with my husband, Kurt & my chihuahua, Miss Molly. We have one son,Anthonywho graduated from college with a degree in Molecular Biology (so proud) My passion is melting glass and making little works of art (lampwork beads) you can wear. Beekeeping is my newest hobby and so much fun! This blog is my little place in space to share some of the happenings in my life, my studio...
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