Our honey bees are here! They're so immensely cute, and we're glad we took the time to set everything up for them and settle them in properly.
We have two apiaries, one made of cedar (the one with the darker stripe) and the other is pine. The apiaries are top bar Golden Mean hives, built with plans from here. They are under a deciduous tree (weeping willow), which means it will get sun to warm them in the winter, and shade in the summer. They're facing where the sun rises, and also pointed towards the privacy fence:
So cute! And so docile! We had no stings at all putting them in or for the next few days. Got one on Friday when we fed them because I dropped a stick into the hive and went to get it back. I guess it was THEIR stick, dammit. But generally, they're very tame.