I do have the perfect spot for my bees. I can't post a picture yet, still working on the Gateway Timeout crap, gotta phone Dell to find out what the problem is, but we just haven't had a rainy day where I want to be inside.
My bees sit on a grassy knoll on a part of my property that is behind my house. It gets sun the moment it comes over the horizon until about 5 PM, then shade from the trees on the western end of my property. It is indeed the perfect spot and I feel very grateful that I was able to situate the girls there.
Last year I mowed the grass around the bee yard, inside and outside of it, they didn't seem to mind. But, the reel lawnmower runs about $160 at the hardware store, so my nephew told me, and I am going to invest in one. Just so I don't have to make noise unnecessarily around the bees. I don't need to pollute their little kingdom with noise, I am sure that they don't like it and causes them stress. They don't need stress, just like us humans, we just can't seem to get rid of it, it is always lurking in the back of our lives. Oh well, learn to live and deal with it is all I can say. Lots of B vitamins (LOLL).
Gonna go get a REEL lawnmower, my nephew says that it is fantastic, unless you run into a stick. He was pruning his fruit trees and found that it stoppped right up when he hit a stick, poor dude. Have a wonderful, beautiful day, our sun is still shinin'. Right, good health, can't forget that wish for everyone. Cindi