…the heat, that is. We had another successful day out in the hot Texas countryside, dividing some of the hives. Today we hit the Pizza yard as well as David’s yard, also known as Holdman Honey. We all survived the heat and enjoyed each other’s company as we drove around the lovely country outside Seguin. In the picture above, David assists Mark check the frames to make sure they select an appropriate number of frames with the appropriate number of bees and brood to make a new hive as successful as possible. When you split a hive, you want to make sure each hive remains as strong and as healthy as possible. Below is a shot of the second batch of queens we got on Friday from Derwin Thrash. Mark found the first batch successful so he decided to use them this round as well. Poor queens, it is pretty hot so they struggle to stay alive in those cages and that’s why Mark was trying to move as fast as possible to get them established. We lost only two of the caged queens but it makes me sad to see them lifeless in there. 😦
Finally, I am including this happy me picture because Mark says he likes it. 🙂 Plus I have to end on a positive note. Because that’s just me. Most of the time, I am behind the camera and I feel most comfortable there. But if you point a camera at me, I have learned to just smile. And if it’s one thing I know how to do, it’s smile big. I am smiling big here because although I have a lot to work on for the business, I really didn’t want to miss another day of hive dividing with Mark and David. I didn’t go yesterday so I didn’t want to miss out on the fun a second day! I am so glad I went because it was really nice to be out in the weather, even when the weather is hot. I love visiting the bee yards and being with my beekeepers!