Well let me tell you, this get together far exceeded any expectations I had. We had a very loose agenda but there was never a dull moment of any kind whatsoever.
One cannot help to fall in love with Bud, instantly! He is a bear of a man with a ton of heart and a country boy that knows how to cook and entertain. You would be hard pressed to find a better host than Bud.
Bud keeps quite a few hives, mostly langstroths but he is very fond of top bar hives, which BTW, are very cool!
We went through every hive but maybe a few, inspecting and making management decisions. Some hives needed a little feed or needed re queening. we made a few splits, checked swarm traps, caught a swarm, did three cut outs, one in a garbage can, and two duck boxes.
We did have one agenda besides just having a plain good time and meeting up, and that was to learn queen grafting techniques from Alan Bukley, who BTW, is a walking, breathing bee encyclopedia, and one heck of a good guy.
Alan's knowledge of bees is astounding and what's even better is the fact that he likes to share that knowledge. Alan, thanks so much for your time and patience, and caring enough to take time out of your busy schedule to teach us some of your hard earned tricks.
Lord have mercy did we eat good! Steaks, shrimp ettouffe, pork loin, incredible breakfasts and last but not least, Chris (CW bees) decides on the last night that the remaining six of us were gonna eat lobster!
Chris doesn't believe in buying the little ones either, no, he comes back with six two and a half pounders!!!
Boy did we eat good that night!
Thank you Chris!
Where Chris was able to find two and a half pound lobsters in the middle of nowhere is beyond me, but hey, I wasn't complaining!
Bud and I had to show them fellas how to sop up that good lobster sauce with Bud's famous sourdough bread!
I could go on and on but let's just say we all had a wonderful time and we will be back!!