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But the girls did not think so, I was at the yard today just looking to see if I might be able to spot a drone on the front porch, and I got my first sting of the year. :lookout:

Right above my eyebrow,and it still hurts.

I did not even have a hive tool in my hand.

There were a lot of bees in the air, it was nice and warm mid 60's but it was a bit overcast and pretty breezy, so that may have had them in a foul mood before I showed up.

Oh well I still love the girls, and If I must put up with a few stings, that is just the way it is.

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Its good to get the first one out of the way, but the eyebrow area isn't the right place, for sure. J
 

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I found out the hard way. My eye is not swelled shut but it almost feels like it. It still hurts. :pinch:

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And now you know why even the shorts and sandles crowd still wear a veil. Just saying. The first one of the year is always the worst. Good you got it over with so early. Now you can concentrate on the bees. :)
 

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I did not see drones. I AM going to be looking again when it warms up a bit.

With the aid of a veil.... at the very least. I have finally got my right eye opened up.... :D

Usually I can just go out and stand around the hives and look all I want to.

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Good you got it over with so early.
We can all identify with this! First sting honors of the year in the Litsinger apiary goes to my almost 3 year old son who finds the bees as fascinating as I do- took a sting to the top of the head and the guard completed the defense by flying directly into one of his ears! He still wants to go look at the bees...
 

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I certainly can feel sorry for the little guy. I hope he suffers no serious effects from the sting or the ear full of bee.

I am glad that he is still interested in the bees.

I gave my eldest son a jar of honey last fall and my 5 year old grandson wound up getting most of it. He has not been out to see the bees yet but I think he would be interested too.

I hope to get him to the apiary this year some time.

I hope all is well with you and yours.

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I certainly can feel sorry for the little guy. I hope he suffers no serious effects from the sting or the ear full of bee.

I am glad that he is still interested in the bees.

I gave my eldest son a jar of honey last fall and my 5 year old grandson wound up getting most of it. He has not been out to see the bees yet but I think he would be interested too.

I hope to get him to the apiary this year some time.

I hope all is well with you and yours.

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Glad to hear from you, Happy Home! And you know you are welcome to our little corner of the Commonwealth- so please do plan to stop in when your travels bring you this way.

I am glad my son has an interest in bees, and I am sure your grandson might find it something of interest too. The whole incident afforded me an opportunity to make him more acutely aware that he needs to respect the hive entrance. This was an un-escorted trip that he made while playing outside so I reminded him it was best to wait to go look at the bees until dad can take the tour with him ;).

We are doing very well by God's grace. I sincerely hope you all are doing well too and that your upcoming beekeeping season is shaping-up well.
 
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