We were speechless. We had put hive catchers in place but you are never quite sure if the magic will happen. You visit them daily, and then when they do not arrive for some time, you visit them less and do not expect the little visitors to arrive.
And then it happened. The joy, the connection, their presence. The physical reality of our bee dream takes a new shape as a swarm arrives on to the land. So
We called her Artemis, known as the Greek Goddess of the hunt. In art and literature she was depicted carrying a bow and arrow. As we watched, the bees where like arrows coming in and out of the hive. Not only was Artemis the goddess of the hunt, she was also known as the goddess of wild animals, wilderness, and childbirth. Also, she was the protector of young children and was known to bring and relieve disease in women.
After 6 months living on the land in fairly wild conditions and then having a lamb born on the land shortly after the arrival of Artemis, the name felt quite appropriate.