Today at about 15.00 a swarm arrived outside our back door and settled in the eves between our neighbour’s roof and ours. It was not a very big swarm – and is possibly a cast thrown from the large apiary that is about 500 yards from our house.
Having wondered whether or not to dislodge the bricks, smoke it and catch it and then put it in our apiary, we decided to leave it. Coincidentally (though the bees probably worked this out already), the next door neighbour has just had a baby boy – and he arrives home tomorrw with his mother. What good fortune for us all! Double luck! A new baby and a new swarm of bees.