Yesterday I went down to the apiary to check on the bees’ fondant. So far they have made a couple of holes and I could see them nibbling away. We will keep an eye on them through these new spy holes during the coming weeks, to make sure they don’t run out.
It was a very mild winter’s day, around 8°C. The bees were flying, particularly the yellow bees born from imported New Zealand queens. Our darker bees did not seem to be flying so much; this is probably a good thing as they will be conserving their energy more effectively.
Something like ten of us turned up, and we managed to eat up all the coffee cake I brought. This one did not rise particularly well, so I made up for that with lots of decorating! The apiary robin put in an appearance and Don rewarded him/her with some mealworms.
Some amusing bee banter was had. John suggested that if our bees are ignoring what our books say, we need to start reading the books to the bees! Don responded that he’ll sit on a chair and arrange his hives around him in a circle, before reading them foraging tips as the sun rises. Best not to read them anything about swarming, in case they get ideas.
The elder beekeepers are planning a winter walk. This is going to start in a pub and then end in a pub, possibly with another pub in the middle, so I will be intrigued to see how far they get.
Are your bees eating up their winter stores quickly? Not long now till the shortest day of the year and then the coming of new shoots with the snowdrops of January.