Just two of my neighbor's beehives
My daughter with bee keeper's hat and veil, ready to help Monsieur M. with his bees
Monsieur M. getting the smoker ready.
Monsieur M. added five more hives in the past two years. The reward for tending to his bees were 58 kilos of honey from the first hive alone this past September. With any luck, he will have a lot more this year.
Last week, Monsieur M. needed a helping hand to relocate a colony of bees from one hive which only has four frames to a new hive, which has six frames. Apparently, he was afraid that without the two additional frames, there was a risk of the bees freezing during the winter because the bees can not keep each other warm enough f they are not densely packed in the hive.
My daughter Celina, who spent a few days with us here in France, immediately jumped at the chance of helping Mr. M. She covered up from head to toe and then put on a very fetching bee keeper's hat and veil. Her job was to direct the smoker at the bees. The smoke makes the bees sleepy and easier to handle.
About a half hour later, the mission was accomplished without a single bee sting. I am happy to report that the colony felt right at home in the new wooden hive and are back to business as usual, which is to buzz around our hill to pollinate all the flowers.
Thanks to Greg, Celina's Boyfriend, for documenting.