25 May 2015

enismirdal: (Bee!14)
There was a food and drink festival being held near work this long weekend. Part of the event was dragon boat racing; my work colleagues put a team in last year, and did very well, so they decided to give it a bash again this year. So CRI popped along with the intention of staying for an hour or two, sampling some of the food at the food festival, cheering on our team, then heading home.

That wasn't what happened.

We bought ourselves reindeer burgers and settle down to watch some races. But then we noticed one of the unused dragon boats (there were 6 in total - races were between three boats, so in theory you could have three racing and three loading at any given time, keeping the turnaround quick) seemed to have a number of bees flying around it. Some were settling in a small cluster at one end. Some were flying around the other end. I knew there were a lot of spring swarms this year (our own campus bees have been running quite close to swarming recently but we've been keeping an eye on things), so wondered if a local hive was in the process of swarming.

tl;dr there were bees living in a boat )

I guess at least it makes a good anecdote - the beekeeper said it was certainly one of the stranger places he'd encountered bees!

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