So we move forward 2 days and what do we get?
A friend, who I helped to get going in beekeeping has a swarm he needs a home for.
an them in about 3 hours after I picked them up and they look good, good size swarm and really early in the year.
a swarm in May is worth a load of hay; a swarm in June is worth a silver spoon; but a swarm in July is not worth a fly
what does a swarm in April constitute?
Why keep bees? Well, there’s a nice feeling to getting your own honey, but unless you keep lots of hives, you will not make much money, so you do it as a relaxing hobby — until, on the first serious hive opening of the year you find there’s a hole in your bee suit.
I think the total count is 18 stings including one really painful one on the skull, apart from a couple of stings on my right wrist, the majority are around my neck and chin. As they say that bee stings are really good for arthritis, I should be able to talk to the day I die
Currently I’s give David Coultard a run for the money in terms of a square jaw profile
Only opened the bees as the weather was just cool enough to stop them getting really stroppy — wrong, the hole (in the crotch of all places) meant that several bees just walked up my trousers and shirt and stung me on the upper chest and chin. (At least the shirt was tucked in
That’s the second time that when opening a hive the little beggers have found a hole in the suit I didn’t know was there, there’s nothing more frightening than eyeballing a bee INSIDE the veil.
Ho hum, the good news was no queen cells and plenty of brood