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The Beehives are up!

This month I have been cleaning the hives that are on top of our house and my bees have now woken up and taken the first flights of the spring. They are looking and sounding very vigorous. Watson did not seem happy about my activities on the roof, but where else would I put the hives? In the living room?

~S. Holmes


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  1. Jimmy Branagh Jimmy Branagh April 12, 2014

    Congratulations Mr. Holmes!  Oy loike th’ bees, when they’re not cranky.

  2. Avariel Falcon Avariel Falcon April 13, 2014

    Buzz! Buzz buzz buzz!

    *happy bees are happy*

  3. Garnet Psaltery Garnet Psaltery April 13, 2014

    Oh, that does look productive, and the flowers are so pretty.  Hooray for bees!

  4. Loki Eliot Loki Eliot April 14, 2014

    Gonna need a REALLLY long stick to poke those

    • Tepic Harlequin Tepic Harlequin April 14, 2014

      A slingshot, Loki, that would do it…. but if yer get stung all over, it’s yer own fault!

      • Elina Koskinen Elina Koskinen April 14, 2014

        Hey! No cake for you if you even think about slingshooting my bees!

        • Tepic Harlequin Tepic Harlequin April 14, 2014

          The only sportin way though is ter take each bee on the wing, anythin else is just messin about!

  5. Jon Chen Jon Chen April 14, 2014

    That looks like a practical and very workable solution to urban beekeeping; the hives look very nice, I must say, and they are of sufficient height from the ground that I don’t think there would be a pedestrian safety issue — well done!  Seeing your hives and their clever placement, I do wonder if Langdon and the Sunken Gardens have made provision to put down a hive or two at the start of Spring w warning signs for visitors/pedestrians so as to avoid unpleasantness of a winged, buzzing nature.  One must make a place for bees, after all, didn’t the Victorians regard the bee, bee colony as a natural model for society — everyone hardworking, getting along, and happily directed by a central figure (the Queen!)?  Are the Bees of Babbage made of brass, and do they, themselves, make a sooty honey w unexpected healthful properities?!  And let us hope that no one makes dreadful misuse of Babbage bees in some misguided plot to rule the world, but such a fanciful idea can easily be discarded, I think, for the sheer SCIENCE required would be staggering, I am sure. :)

    • Bookworm Hienrichs Bookworm Hienrichs April 14, 2014

      Dr. Obolensky already made an attempt to rule the world (or, at least, the city) using bees, as you can read about here. *grin*

      • Jon Chen Jon Chen April 15, 2014

        Omg!  That was quite the spiffing yarn! Timely as well, all of us coming (safely) out of the Oiling Festival and so forth; this also makes me wonder: statue of a villain for the city, is this possible? Doctor O, as some have called the gentleman, was quite the class act — perhaps a statue could be meshed of this fellow, “…lest we remember wrongly.”

        Thank you, Miss Book! :)


        • Avariel Falcon Avariel Falcon April 15, 2014

          There are quite a few of us who rather miss him. *nods*

        • Jimmy Branagh Jimmy Branagh April 16, 2014

          ((Doctor Obolensky will eventually take his rightful place in the Wax Museum))

      • Kimika Ying Kimika Ying April 15, 2014

        I still have some of the oil bees (for historical interest). From what I remember of that time, Vole Grease was a poor substitute for oil.

  6. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk April 14, 2014

    i wonder what those would look like on my real life house….

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