Wednesday, April 05, 2006

You'd better bee-lieve it

The folks at our rural post office are so laid-back. They waited until the very civilized hour of 7:45 a.m. to call us, rather than panicking and giving us the 5:30 reveille.

*ring ring*

"Good morning! Your bees are here."

"Oh! I'll be there right away."

"No hurry. It's just that you'll have to come. Rosemary [our letter carrier] won't bring them to you in her car."

Right now I am feeding them a light sugar syrup by brushing it on the screens. The instructions say to keep feeding until the bees stop taking the syrup. They seem hungry; I'm not sure I'll be able to stop anytime soon.

At dusk today, they will enter their new hives. You're supposed to wait until early evening so the bees snuggle in for the night and put up their "hive sweet hive" signs, rather than getting any funny ideas about migrating somewhere else.

The bees have flower breath. Seriously. It must be coming from them, because all they have to eat right now is plain sugar syrup.

More blogging as soon as we do the installation!