I did the round of several of my apiaries yesterday, cracking the propolis so that, hopefully, in a few days time I will be able to open hives to administer oxalic without disturbing them too much. Some hives had bees flying even though the temperature was about 6.5c. I took care to tell them that Christmas was coming.
I also dropped off my annual rent of the traditional jar of honey per hive With the footprint of a hive being 18″ square, that works out at about £77,000 an acre!
Today, Christmas day, I ventured out into the garden to adjust the position of my sundial at middday. Strangely, by coincidence or design I know not, Christmas day is one of only four occasions in the year when the sun is due south at midday. I heard buzzing: bees were working the mahonia! I took a photo using the camera attachment on my portable telephone and posted it on Facebook If my telephone were on speaking terms with the computer I’d post it here also, but until I can persuade a 14 year old to sort out the problem I am unable to do so
THANK YOU EMILY! I THOUGHT YOU WERE A LITTLE BIT OLDER THAN 14 THOUGH!