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Pull up a chair because this is kind of a long story...

Ok, so there is a hollowed out oak stump in our front yard just in front of the porch that my wife keeps flowers planted in. Back in the spring, I mentioned that it might be a good place to put my hive. I had my eye on this spot because it gets a fair amount of sunlight. The back yard is very shady.

"You are crazy!" exclaims my wife. "You aren't putting bees in the front yard!" I reply with, "But they won't hurt anybody". She responds with "The bees go in the back yard."

Well, like every guy who has been married for any period of time, I have learned that if you don't serve the queen you wind up in the dungeon. Dungeons are cold & dark. The bees went in the back yard.

My hive did so well, that I was able to pull three frames and start a split at the beginning of June. I put the nuc box in the front yard while the wife was shopping (hee hee). When she gets home, she sees the bees.

"Why are there bees in the front yard?".
"Oh, well um, it's just temporary. The guys on the bee forum say to move the split away from the main hive or the bees may try to go back to the main hive. It'll just be there a couple of weeks."
"Okay" with a dubious tone.

So we have a little table on the front yard where we can sit and drink coffee.

Building Plant Window Leaf Wood

A few days later, I catch the wife sitting there watching the bees.

"A-HA!", says I. "I see you watching my bees! I told you they were harmless!"
"Well, they are kind of interesting to watch"
"Yeah, I think a decorative garden hive would look pretty neat right there."
"Yes, maybe... But ONLY if it is pretty."
"Of coouurrrse it will be pretty, dear!"

So, a few days later I come home for lunch and the yard is full of a big cloud of bees doing orientation flights. Apparently, the capped brood is beginning to hatch. I'm thinking, "COOL!" I go in the house...

"Hey, did you see my bees???"
"Yes... I don't know about these bees..."
"Hey, you already said I could have them there! You can't change your mind!"
"Yeeesss... I know I did..." with a tone of resignation.

So I spend the next three weeks building the "pretty" hive. Finally, today it is ready!

Plant Botany Wood Wood stain Terrestrial plant Plant Wood Pollinator Wood stain Tree Plant Cabinetry Wood Drawer Wood stain Plant Property Plant community Green Botany

After a few pix, I moved the girls...

Plant Botany Green Wood Flower

Lucky for me, the wife went to see her mother today and wasn't there. The yard was full of some pretty ticked off bees for two or three hours. The foragers were a bit confused at their "home" looking different. They were not happy. But after plenty of fanning, everybody made it into their new quarters.

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And the best part? I get to sit on the porch with a nice glass of tea or cup of coffee, and watch my bees with a loving wife who puts up with a lot just to make me happy!

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The well known "secret" to success is that each one does what he/she can in order to make the other one happy.
It's a beautiful hive to look at, placed where it can be appreciated by one and all. :grin:
 

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Good job and good idea, on the "pretty" hive and making the boss happy.
 

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Excellent! :thumbsup: Thanks for sharing.

I have often considered placing a couple of "fake" hives on either side of the end of our driveway as "markers". I figured it would let everyone know where we live and maybe put a halt to the "are those hives in your yard"? If anyone asks I could just tell them "No, they're just driveway markers". :mrgreen:
 

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I could put a hive or two in front road, but is VERY residential area even with deflector fencing I would be blamed for every wasp or yellowjacket sing
 

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Thanks for the good read first thing in the morning. Neat story with nice ending. Nice pics, too. I also read it over morning cup of coffee.
 

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That's a great story. Thanks for sharing. :smile:

It would have been better with a cup of coffee, but the Keurig is on the fritz :cry:
 

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Beautiful craftsmanship, Andy. Is that aromatic cedar? If so, this would help to debunk the theory (of some) that it shouldn't be used for hive construction (and I wonder if it would repel the wax moth?).

WELL DONE!

Oh ... I hope you fair better than I did. After secretly constructing my hive, I finally had to share with my wife the "we" are beekeepers. That cost me a full set of appliances this weekend for our kitchen remodel. I guess we're both happy now! :)
 

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I love your pretty hives....:)
Pull up a chair because this is kind of a long story...

Ok, so there is a hollowed out oak stump in our front yard just in front of the porch that my wife keeps flowers planted in. Back in the spring, I mentioned that it might be a good place to put my hive. I had my eye on this spot because it gets a fair amount of sunlight. The back yard is very shady.

"You are crazy!" exclaims my wife. "You aren't putting bees in the front yard!" I reply with, "But they won't hurt anybody". She responds with "The bees go in the back yard."

Well, like every guy who has been married for any period of time, I have learned that if you don't serve the queen you wind up in the dungeon. Dungeons are cold & dark. The bees went in the back yard.

My hive did so well, that I was able to pull three frames and start a split at the beginning of June. I put the nuc box in the front yard while the wife was shopping (hee hee). When she gets home, she sees the bees.

"Why are there bees in the front yard?".
"Oh, well um, it's just temporary. The guys on the bee forum say to move the split away from the main hive or the bees may try to go back to the main hive. It'll just be there a couple of weeks."
"Okay" with a dubious tone.

So we have a little table on the front yard where we can sit and drink coffee.

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A few days later, I catch the wife sitting there watching the bees.

"A-HA!", says I. "I see you watching my bees! I told you they were harmless!"
"Well, they are kind of interesting to watch"
"Yeah, I think a decorative garden hive would look pretty neat right there."
"Yes, maybe... But ONLY if it is pretty."
"Of coouurrrse it will be pretty, dear!"

So, a few days later I come home for lunch and the yard is full of a big cloud of bees doing orientation flights. Apparently, the capped brood is beginning to hatch. I'm thinking, "COOL!" I go in the house...

"Hey, did you see my bees???"
"Yes... I don't know about these bees..."
"Hey, you already said I could have them there! You can't change your mind!"
"Yeeesss... I know I did..." with a tone of resignation.

So I spend the next three weeks building the "pretty" hive. Finally, today it is ready!

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After a few pix, I moved the girls...

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Lucky for me, the wife went to see her mother today and wasn't there. The yard was full of some pretty ticked off bees for two or three hours. The foragers were a bit confused at their "home" looking different. They were not happy. But after plenty of fanning, everybody made it into their new quarters.

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And the best part? I get to sit on the porch with a nice glass of tea or cup of coffee, and watch my bees with a loving wife who puts up with a lot just to make me happy!

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I just now saw this thread....love it!

You did a terrific job in getting that hive in the front yard!
Your wife will miss the bees if they disappear from that spot now. :D
 

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Great Hive Andy. How thick is the wood you uesed? I have some 3/4 inch boards that were cut from a few cedars we had. Just wondering if it is to thick. Tom
 
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