And now? They go to eleven.
Another local beekeeper has chosen to downsize his apiary from two locations to one, and was selling his hives. Someone else bought six, we got five. Five new (old, established) hives. All at once. Whoa!
Two went to the yard of friends, who are hosting them for us. The funny thing is that the wife said yes, and then forgot to tell her husband! Thankfully, he's got a good sense of humor and is really laid back, because he accepted the concept immediately, even saying, "this will be fun." When we got there today, he'd dug up a bit of his lawn to make it flat to accommodate the hives, and spread mulch in front of them so his landscapers don't have to mow that area. Perfect possible host for our girls!
The other three were planned for another yard in our town, but the logistics there didn't work out, so they're currently, temporarily, living in our yard until they can be moved, which should happen pretty shortly, since we've got a potential "forever home" for them already.
Yeah, I think we're real beekeepers now, just in case I had any residual doubts.
We're getting some honey this year... but just wait 'til next year's crop!