Have you ever received a gift that just left you speechless? You know, the kind that wasn’t for any holiday or special occasion. The kind that was just because the giver thought you’d enjoy it. Gabriel received a gift like that this weekend.
This is a top bar bee hive. It’s a traditional Kenyan beehive. There are no frames, the bees build their honey comb on the bar and then down in a triangle shape. A friend of ours, who loves woodworking, saw this in a book and made it for Gabriel. Our friend was so excited he drove 20 miles to deliver it about 9:00 at night.
Gabriel really doesn’t like me taking pictures of him…. I heard comments such as, “Just ignore her and maybe she’ll stop.” ha..little do they know…
This hive has an observation side. When you open the front there’s Plexiglas so you can see how your bees are doing without disturbing them.
This is one of the two dividers, you can arrange them where ever you want them. The honeycomb will (hopefully) be in that shape.
Carl, Gabriel, Benjamin and our friend’s son checking it out.
I had to ask our friend to step closer to the hive…he kept stepping out of the range of the camera…ugh…
This is a top bar. We’ll put beeswax in the groove and that will tell the bees where to begin building their honeycombs.
Our beekeeper friend is trying to re-queen a hive for us. He’s so nice like that. So we (as in Gabriel) might end up with two hives this year. It’ll be interesting to see where this adventure takes us.