Longest day of the year and the bees are happy
|As I walked up the garden to inspect the hive I spotted some bees happily foraging|
There is not really much to report on the beekeeping front - when I lifted the lid on the Beehaus and looked below, there came a gentle buzz. My bees were all happily working. All the weirdness I'd noticed in recent weeks seems to have disappeared. The uncapped larvae were curled up as they were supposed to be and although I didn't spot any eggs, I'm sure there were some there as her royal highness Queen Freddie graced me with her presence. She is so much easier to spot now with the yellow spot on her back.
Below are some photos I took. No photos of the frames themselves as my beekeeping helper (in other words, the husband) was otherwise engaged. The cheek! But I enjoyed spending some alone time with my bees. I know it sounds sappy, but they make me very happy and I enjoy our visits :) (Also, I didn't bring any home with me tonight unlike last time when I unknowingly carried one home in my hair!)
|My nucleus came on five frames, which are the darker ones. I'm trying to move these to the edges of the hive so that the bees will draw the wax out of the new frames. The frame on the very right is FULL of honey and it's very heavy to lift out.|
|When I closed my hive I spent ages watching the bees coming in and out of the entrance|