Took Ben (13) and Josh (6) to our first local beeks gathering hoping to make some new friends and get some new ideas. It was definitely an experience for all of us, especially Josh. One of the surprises when I arrived was that they were raffling off a nuc that day, so I bought a handful of tickets hoping to replace Ben's absconded hive.
As we helped the hosting beek build the nuc package a major realization hit me: He's using deeps, we only have mediums.
If we were to win the nuc, what were we going to do!!!! By the time the raffle took place I had decided that I had enough pine at home to quickly build one deep and lengthen a set of frames if I had to, but we didn't win so it didn't matter! I think Ben and I will be building a couple of deeps this summer "just in case" we happen to get our hands on a local nuc or meet a friendly beek willing to share...
It was a good day regardless! Lots of characters, lots of ideas and lots of "the only way it works..." and "you can't do...".
We'll definitely be hitting the next gathering.