Doing well! So much better than Rosemary’s hive, with plenty of eggs and full frames of evenly laid, biscuit colour, worker brood. Below is an empty drawn out frame with some honey stores towards the bottom. The comb is darker in the centre so probably had brood in last summer.
We had gone all the way through the hive and started the Bailey comb exchange, but seen no Lavender. We assumed she was hiding at the bottom of the hive. Then one of the beginner beekeepers with us, Rosemary, pointed her out on the crownboard we’d taken off to inspect. We had given the underside of the crownboard a quick check for her when we took it off – as John and Andy have drummed into us to do – but obviously missed her as her white dot had nearly worn off. We got such a shock! It just shows why placing the crownboard over the upturned roof while you inspect, rather than propping it up against the hive where the queen could drop off, is such a good idea. Thank you Rosemary for spotting our queen!
Below you can see Lavender perched happily on Emma’s hand. I know I’m biased but isn’t she a beauty? A lovely long dark queen. It looks like one of her attendants is feeding her.
The next drama was that one of the other ladies with us, Sarah, got a bee up her trousers. She got it out but I think sadly got stung in the process, ouch. Hope she’s doing okay and the sting’s gone down by now.
Emma has done a great blog post with more photos from the day: http://missapismellifera.com/2012/03/30/bailey-comb-change-for-spring-bees.