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This month has been both high and low at the apiary. A couple of weeks back we heard that the two hives we have on one site were very quiet.
Calamity at the hive tells the story.
This weekend we went to visit another site where a further hive stands. This time our work was more positive and involved a visit from the local police too.
As we drew up in the carpark, our camper van was obviously a bit eye catching so the local patrol drew in behind us. After a brief friendly chat we asked him if he’d like to see the hive.
The local policeman, Paul, was intrigued. We showed him the very peaceful bees. They’re bringing pollen in which is a good sign. It means they’ll be feeding this protein source to the new brood of young bees.
With the extra space the hive should continue expanding for a few more weeks.
On the flip side the two empty hives attracted some attention today.
Bees have been seen flying in and out. So we went to visit today.
Between rain showers, we checked the hive. Sadly although there are bees visiting they are taking traces of honey. There’s no new occupants.
Hopefully we may have a swarm soon to replace the lost colonies.
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