We later learnt that this was a Prime swarm meaning that there was a good number of bees (upwards of 30000) present around the Queen bee.
I've seen three previous sets of bees swarming but none on this scale. The Hubby was a bit freaked out - it being his first swarming event to witness. It really is an impressive sight. I was too busy watching to run and grab my camera so I missed catching the cloud of bees to illustrate but they did physically dominate the space at the front of two large detached houses, the whole main road and front gardens to the opposite houses. An awesome sight to behold.
As we watched, the bees gradually settled on a tree opposite our house. I know from previous experiences that once they've settled they aren't dangerous being heavy with honey and it was at this point I could get up close and photograph them in their banana shape around the Queen and a chosen branch of the tree.
Bee Association and they sent a Bee Keeper out to me. This was initially complicated by the American Brood Disease restriction being placed on the movement of swarms within 5km distances but the Bee Keeper had a contact that would mean they could relocate the swarm into a newly managed hive locally - fantastic!!
So, my pledge to myself is that I will allow myself the time, give myself the confidence to attend Bee Association meetings and start an apprenticeship so that I will bring about managing my own hive within the next two-three years.
There. A definite pledge to myself. I don't often prioritise myself - we don't as mums do we? But in this case myself with my Little Man (who is an avid bee lover) will be proactive in making this actually happen. What a sight to witness so closely though. The inspiring magic of nature.