Knowing everything I’ve been learnt about beekeeping floating so far – the bees’ living needs, nutritional needs, foraging needs, wintering needs, etc. – I thought it best to get a second opinion on the potential hive site we’d found. I invited Graeme Peterson, the founding member of the Ottawa Community Beekeeper’s Association to come assess the spot. He gave me loads of wonderful advise and suggested that atop the bluff was probably too windy, but around the side was an ideal location. Perfect. And I spotted a crabapple tree for foraging but 10 meters away too. They will be happy there, as there will be ample food around – corn that is treated with a bee-safe chemical in the field close-by, clover over yonder, hay in the opposite direction, the apple trees we’ve been planting nearby, a diversely treed forest, ponds a stone’s throw away. Better yet, this spot can practically be driven to by the RTV. Bueno. With that decided upon, the hive assembly begins on Sunday. Thankyou Graeme for your input; it was invaluable to me.