After a couple of months of yo-yoing odd weather, when summer seemed to be here once again, it’s nearly November and Autumn seems to be properly here now. Crisp, cold days and falling leaves are upon us.
Everyone was at the National Honey Show today, so I had the apiary’s autumn gloom all to myself. Yellow leaves dropped softly down as I walked amongst the hives. The bees were subdued too, just a few coming back home now and again with some pale yellow pollen.
Drew has very kindly given me one of the new iphones, which do videos! Here’s one of our little bees with some of that yellow pollen. Expect to see many, many more badly shot videos on this blog.
Another great thing about the new iphones is you can take pictures of yourself. Here is one of me looking ridiculous in my bee veil. I like this one in winter when I’m not doing much interfering with the hives, as it is not attached to a suit but just pops over my head. I find this enough protection for simple tasks such as topping up syrup. It just protects me from any bees who might innocently land on my head and get stuck in my hair.
Not much to do now in the coming months except hope and check on the hives every so often to make sure they haven’t been vandalised or attacked by woodpeckers. Fondant for extra feed and oxalic acid for varroa treatment in December. Bye bye bees, I will miss you.