We still haven't managed to move the bees because of the torrential rain at the time allocated to move them.
When moving bees you have to wait until most are in the hive i.e just before dark, so that you have as many as possible (otherwise many bees will have no home when they return to the site of the (moved) hive. We will try again tomorrow,as we will be out tonight at dusk.
We need to move a hive of bees from a table in the middle of the lawn..not the most convenient place for a hive!. This swarm settled in a tall damson tree over the lawn. Using tall ladders, we swept the bees into an empty hive and lowered it onto a table. We then left it until all the bees collected in the box.. and that is where they have remained. We now have to move them to the bottom of the garden a few feet away. If we were to just move them there, the bees would return to the first site, as the scouts would not have realised that the site had changed. If we move them a couple of miles away or more, the scouts realise the site has changed and tell the others about the new surroundings and way back to the hive. (Yes, I know all those beekeepers out there are saying "It's not quite like that" but I don't want to bore you all too much so have simplified the process and terms- that sounds a bit patronising...sorry!)
I was going to put a picture of table-top hive and of the new stand D. has made for it, but for some reason they won't load. Tomorrow maybe!
Last night's meal was mostly leftovers (really?!) I took some poached white fish from the freezer, and goodness knows I have plenty of that! I covered this with some leftover cheese sauce from sunday and then mashed potato, ditto, and put this fish pie in the oven. I then picked a few french beans and some peas to go with this. I then chopped the last, VERY ripe bananas into the left-over cold custard from sunday.. banana custard for pud.
Have to go now as we are expecting a visit re. a Health and Safety Assessment for here . Now THAT should be interesting!
Bye For Now
Take care All