We had a very good meeting here on Sunday. Nine of us gathered for tea and a lively chat in our kitchen before visiting our 2 hives. The weather wasn't ideal, but we were able to look in the ends and through the observation windows. Our own swarm, we caught 2 weeks ago, is settling in well and building comb. We have named them The Nectans. The original hive, The Dolphins is thriving and seemingly still full of bees.
We went back to the kitchen to look at some pictures of the swarm and of us processing some excess, overwintered honey.
We discussed some of the newer innovations we are experimenting with, such as the periscope entrances, deep litter floors and the application of shellac to the inside walls. We also looked at the fruit press we have been using to extract honey and tasted the result!!!
We are hoping that our next meeting will be in October, with Phil, after the course he is running at Yarner.
Phil is running 2 courses here this year - 6th-8th June and 10th-12th October.