It’s tricky to stay positive at the moment whilst Coronavirus stalks the world.
But the bees are out and flying. The oil seed rape has just started flowering and with the warm(ish) sunny days, they seem to be enjoying themselves after the confines of winter. We are focusing on getting all of ourequipment in working order. This week we have fixed a really badly damaged honey super from last season. A few veneer tacks later and its as good as new. It then had a good scrape down to remove all the propolis and will soon be fitted with 10 frame castellated spacers, so the bees can store even more honey. As the oil seed is in flower we have added a super to each hive to allow the colony room to expand as some of them are on 8 frames in the brood box already. Giving them a super will allow them room for the queen to keep laying in the brood box, whilst the female workers move as much honey as they can up to the honey super. Some colonies still have packs of fondant in place (as a cover emergency measure) which hopefully means that they have enough stores during the cold days. We really need the weather to warm up so that they can get out and start working the forage and build up good numbers to really make the most of 2020 when coronavirus is behind us. We can then sit back, enjoy the sunshine and think about spending a bit more time outside. Maybe even get a bbq lit.
Wishing you all well. An hopefully we will get to be free like the bees soon. We are not accepting orders on the webshop or purchase at the door until the lockdown ends. As soon as it does you may continue purchasing from our secure webshop