well, its been a strange year.
I started the season by losing 2 of my 3 colonies. The one I had survive the winter was a small colony and I didnt expect them to make it. This colony has continued but slowly and my fear is that it has nosema, although Ive seen no diarrhoea - just not building up the way you'd expect.
I bought a colony of black bees from a good friend down West and these built very rapidly, and in fact swarmed 5 days ago! We saw the swarm go 30ft into a leylandii only 50 foot from the hive and John was determined to collect them, so rigged an extending ladder and very Laurel & Hardy like went up this tree with a feed sack and loppers and caught them and we rehived them. We moved them last night to their new site.
The remaining hive I have here will be looked at today, and my other hive (nearby) was a bait hive which attracted a lovely swarm of prolific and calm bees which have, in the very short season produced to date 3 supers full of honey. Tim has been so keen to have them and so interested that he has agreed to a 2nd bait hive next spring.