post, our friends Eldon and Frances Barham allowed us to put three Back Saver 1000 bee hive stands near their lake. Before we set them up, and I use the term "we" liberally, Mark cleared the spot with his weed eater.
Next, he used his compass to find east/southeast so the hive entrances could face the rising sun. The warmth helps them rise and shine!
Next, he measured so the stands would be spaced equal distances apart. (Can you say OCD?)
Andrew waited at the truck until he was needed to perform a special task.
The Great Balancing Act: Andrew stood on a board while Mark whacked the stand into the ground. It took great trust, considering Mark forgot a mallet and was using an axe. After I shot these pictures I stood by Andrew so he had something besides Mark's head to hold onto. They were both happier with that arrangement.
When the bubble hit level on both at the front and back and lengthwise, we were done.
It's a good thing we put in three . . . as you can read in a future post!