Nucleus!

Jun. 28th, 2007 10:25 pm
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We have bees. Went over to Wells at dusk and after a necessary bottle of wine, not that anyone needed Dutch courage or anything, T and P suited up and transferred the nucleus to the hive we'd brought with us.

There were a lot of bees. Quite unnerving, to see this crawling mass of insect life. I brought a very angry bee into the kitchen and P's wife collared it with one of those twee umbrella things you put over food to keep the flies off.

P used rubber gloves: if he gets stung, he says, the bees just twirl round and unscrew their stings rather than tearing free and subsequently dying. I didn't know this was possible, but apparently so.

After this we had a long discussion about, of all things, the Peloponnesian War.

By this time it was dark and raining, so we loaded the bees (taped up) into the car and came home. They're in the orchard now, in their little house. It was all very peaceful, due largely to being dark and cold. We'll check on them tomorrow.
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