Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Bees!!!

So the bee fairy aka Laura has been out swarm hunting on my behest and sent me a note last night saying she was on the hunt again! This was the second swarm she had gotten into her car in hunt for for the big table hives ... so the plan was to head out early and with any success would be at my house mid day .. I sent Laura a late night note which should have been a call - saying give me ring if you get 'em sadly that message did not get through so as I was out painting this morning as Laura was busily collecting bees and bringing them to the big table hives so I didn't get to witness the event... but I will say I went out painting knowing she was bee hunting and must have been channeling her as I came up on this site...



about 5 miles from my farm .. some beautiful crimson clover fields with honey bees busily pollinating.. so as I painted away Laura was depositing this beautiful swarm in my hive --



a very large and healthy swarm according to Laura - I was in luck this one looked great to her expert eye and she also reported that the queen marched right up the little ramp into the hive and all seemed well!!! WOW is all I can say!!!....



on a side note I will say I'm not entirely sure I'm ready to be a beekeeper so some gentle coaching will I'm afraid be necessary based on my interaction with a bee as I was out painting today...

it goes like this while Laura was collecting 8,000 +
bees into a box I was interacting with just ONE!!.. all was good till this particular one decided he liked my hair!! which I will admit sent my literally RUNNING about a 1/4 mile down a gravel road shaking my head violently most likely scaring the bee to death! -- hum DON'T PANIC... ok ok then would you believe it he came back round two .. yup I ran down the road AGAIN!! and this time the bee didn't leave so readily .. so I curled up in a ball and then hid in my car for about 10 min... hummm I guss I'm kind of aprehensive about bees!!! yikes I didn't relaize..... well here goes nothing... I'm going to wear a hat when I'm near the bees from now on and the gloves and bee vail are on order!!

I better learn to BEE CALM!!! more on the bee adventure as we go... BTW this is why Laura is also so good with my horses she's just MELLOW -- sigh I'll get there somday...

7 comments:

Regina @VestPocketFamilyFarm said...

Might've been your shampoo, smelling like a flower to the bee. Bet she couldn't figure out how a flower was moving that fast. ;))

porter said...

love love LOVE the paintings. xoxo

Cecelia (CC) said...

Hilarious!!!!

Cecelia (CC) said...

Oh and 'here here' to Porter's comment - YES!!!! One for Laura, one for your wall, as a blessing and a prayer for liquid gold abundance.

Kirti said...

HI Claire! I've been meaning to visit your blog for ages - I have been living with your gorgeous friend Alberta for the last 7 months and she has told me much about you and your farm. We have some of your paintings on the walls....I've officially declared you my guru - I can't wait to make my way through your posts. My partner and I and our two kids are just about to move into a big house on a huge block and make ourselves a little urban farm. We have bees, chickens, some fruit and nut trees and the vision for a lot of vegies! Nice to 'meet' you at last in blog land. xxx Kirti

Clare Carver said...

Kirti - so nice to meet you! thanks for visiting sounds like you guys are going gang busters!! nice work!!! cheers - Clare

kab said...

Those gorgeous paintings, the colors and the scene are so calming…funny to think that they were painted out of such a panic!

I'm sure you'll make peace with the bees in time!

KB