Last spring we discovered that we had honeybees living in our bedroom wall. They were getting in via a gap where the siding meets the chimney. Now, we saw this as a sign, since Kirsten has been talking about getting bees for several years now. Last spring the colony swarmed — this is when the colony splits into two, the queen leaving her daughter behind and taking half the workers off to a new nest. Seeing this inspired us to mail-order a beehive kit over the winter. [Continued next picture …]

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