Tuesday is our regular inspection day at Hughenden Manor. As winter approaches, opening the hive is rare unless it is really warm but we do need to feed them so they can successfully overwinter. Our team came with an assortment of bottles that looked to the uninitiated as though they could contain water. That was the sugar syrup they had mixed up ready to feed the bees. Two of the team fed the bees and then we decamped so we could clean the outside of the honey jars (honey is so sticky it seems to spread everywhere) and then add labels.
We had a small production line to manage the labelling – why oh why did I not take a close up of a jar?
I actually published the above to my own blog when I meant that bit to go to the Hughenden Buzz blog. Never mind.
We have a feral colony of bees in a tall tree we can see from the Beekeeping store and meeting room. I say ‘WE’ – but I seem to be the last one to know about it. However, I am very impressed with their abode. The entrance is very high and their view must be wonderful.