Hi to all
Another frosty morning today, the weather does not seem to know what to do. Yesterday it was just over 5 degrees when I was out walking Roxy at 7am and today its back to 1 degree. I have no idea how this will affect the bees, I am sure the queens are still laying and have been all through winter.
Yesterday our apprentice finally finished preparing all the new mating nucs – yahoo! We transported them out to the lean-to store so they are all ready for when the start of the season comes. It was a beautiful sunny day yesterday and moving these out made us all excited with the prospect of the start of the season getting closer. We even have the new sign up on the unit – it did look very big when we got the frame but now that its up it looks quite diddy.
We have been looking into these new beeswax wraps that seem to be the latest hot thing on the market. My eldest son is studying environmental science and so plastics are a hot topic of conversation in our house! We brought a few to try out for ourselves, not totally convinced at first about wrapping our sandwiches in them as they do have an odd feel about them, but I have to be honest and say it worked really well. My concern was that the sandwich may smell of bees-wax or even pick up some of the flavour the idea of wax with cheese and pickle sandwiches or, as my son had, wax and ham was not too appealing… Though to our surprise the sandwiches were as fresh as ever and the flavours were not affected in any way.
Sian has been working on some new magazine adverts so look out for our new monthy offers of equipment, supplies, feed and all sorts.
Before I sign off, please do remember to check your bees. The weather is warming up, the pussy willow has been out for a good few weeks now so there is plenty of pollen, my daffodils are all up and open, the morning frost has not been too kind to them and the snow drops are just coming out. Even our tortoise (Berger – after the racing car driver not fast food!! lol) has woken up!!
Happy Valentines day, from Becky