The area behind the barn is also rather quiet. Once I finish stripping the paint and painting we will probably rarely go back there.
During the summer we purchased a small shallow cement bird bath that we will move back to the area behind the barn. I read that honeybees need fresh water and to use a sponge so they can land and not drown.
Our yard has sidewalks with slate embedded in it and as we dismantle the old swimming pool, I've saved every large piece of slate that I possibly can, but a lot of it just flakes off in thin pieces. The pieces that I managed to save will be placed in front of each hive to keep it free from vegetation and also to make it all blend with the old sidewalks.