Monday, June 23, 2008

Building the Bee Hive at Last

A week and a half ago we returned from the 4-H Fashion Show just in time to receive the long-awaited Honey of a Hobby beginner bee kit. I had been counting on Nathaniel to put it together, but something else arrived on the UPS truck with the bee kit. . .new golf clubs. Golf won over bees, and Emma stepped in to take up the slack.

First, though, dear husband tried on the hat and gloves.

He helped Emma get the tools that she would need and supervised her first frame-building.

After that she took off. First she marked drill spots with pencil.
Then she drilled the holes
and glued the pieces together,
being careful to wipe off the excess glue.

Next she nailed the pieces together.

She did call her daddy at work for tech support one time.

Working diligently, she got proficient in the steps needed and had about five frames done when we had a visit from Grandma and Grandpa Haught. Magically, hive-building became a multi-generational affair.

On the downside, now there was lots of free advice. After that Emma couldn't hammer a nail straight.

So Nathaniel joined the project.

Even Grandpa Haught succumbed to the lure of building the bee hive.

Now Emma is painting the box. We can check off some more things on Mr. Burger's list.

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