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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Transformation of Destin

It's time to get ready for Bee Season. I painted Destin today and reclaimed the hive for new life for my new bees coming soon. I have lots of quarts of paint in my basement from indecisive moments choosing colors for my sunporch, so I am painting Destin with Grape Beginnings, hoping it will mean a GREAT beginning for the new hive. On the right of this picture, you can see the yellow of the previous hive and on the left, the new paint being applied.

I broke the hive down into the component parts - here's the hive stand - everyone doesn't use these but I like it because in taking pictures I can sometimes catch the bees on the landing strip that it provides.

And here is the screened bottom board - essential for mite defensiveness - if a mite falls through the screened bottom board when the bees groom themselves, or, I guess, if the mite is awkward and loses its footing, the mite can't come back up through the screen.

And here is the whole kit and caboodle newly painted from the yellow of Destin to its new Grape Beginnings color....guess it may look a little lavendar when it dries. I'm going to call this new hive Mellona - the name of the Roman goddess who was the patronness of bees. Maybe with a goddess looking after it, this hive will do better than its predecessor!

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