After a chilly start, yesterday grew into a surprisingly warm and sunny day. The bees were going crazy. Today has been a definite umbrella day, wet and windy. That’s British weather for you.
The pic below shows Rosemary’s bees zooming back home. Rows of bright crocuses were out in the nearby parks, so I expect they were finding pollen from them. The bees below don’t have much pollen to show, but others were bringing it in.
I found this bee hanging in the mouse guard. She looked recently dead.
Emma and I checked up on the fondant levels of both our hives. Surprisingly they hardly seem to have touched it, although both hives feel reasonably heavy still. Perhaps they are content with their honey stores. We also talked with some beginner beekeepers, who wanted to know the origin of the term ‘super’ and how the shook-swarm we’re going to be doing soon works, so we were nattering quite a while and missed the explanation for this magnificent hive below.
This is Cliff’s latest attempt at innovative top bar hive design. Cliff is the Ealing Association’s R&D department. He has exceptional carpentry skills and isn’t afraid to experiment with them.
John Chapple presiding over the hive. Cliff was too shy to pose with his creation.
A few flowers I found around the apiary…crocuses
…and hyacinths. Are hycainths any good for bees, does anyone know?
We’re probably going to shook-swarm both hives in a couple of weeks time, fingers crossed that it goes well.