I agree with you a 200 % on the direct open sunny spot … I wish I was that lucky at either of my apiaries. No such thing … both of mine are shaded at least part of day so I raise my bees in the best sunlight I have which suck but that’s gorilla Beekeeping in the Pacific NW foothills near Seattle.
Now stinging ‘s … Your darn lucky bro to only have bees that sting on the ground. I’ve had two colonies this year that have devil guards … they come out looking n searching for me. Thus I had to requeen both. Now I’m back to wandering my Apiary at my house stinglessly. And back in about 1958 or 59 I had one nasty hive of Russian bees that ususlly met me at the edge of our orchard (stinger n all) …
Ooooh ! Heck who needs writing ️ paper… when I was in Nam I wrote home to my Sweetie everyday on stationary, paper plates, napkins, T.P. n you name it. In fact Vera n I for memories n old times sake read thru those coulage of letters wrote on everything more than 50 yrs ago. I might see about a note pad but ususlly doing my best thinking away from notepads n fancy napkins .
Darn ! It’s 23:30 already n I’m back up at 05:00. Been a nice chat bro … Summer came in May n went in June so hoping for my bees sake July bring back the sun ️ shine n warmth.
Cheers n good times Beekeeping,