It's official - three 3 lb sets of bees with New World Carniolan's are set be picked up on 19 April 2007.
I'm excited. I really am. I'm ready to see if I can actually get the hives up and going. My goal (to the extent that I can control it is to end the season with four hives, the same that I start it out with.
For information on where I got the bees (and they really are swell people) go to the Olivarez Bees Website.
Here is the brief information on the Carniolan Honey bee (from Wikipedia):
Apis mellifera carnica, classified by Pollmann, 1879 - Carniola region of Slovenia, the southern part of the Austrian Alps, and northern Balkans - better known as the Carniolan honey bee - popular with beekeepers due to its extreme gentleness. The Carniolan tends to be quite dark in color, and the colonies are known to shrink to small populations over winter, and build very quickly in spring. It is a mountain bee in its native range, and is a good bee for colder climates.
For the full (and very fascinating) information packet on honeybees, go here.