With the first two weeks on holiday, the bees had to wait until last weekend before I removed the honey. We took four full supers – which will produce a good crop – though I have not extracted it yet. Planning on that next weekend.
I always leave a super on each hive to over-winter. Some beekeepers think this is a waste of good honey – but I think that the bees will be more healthy if they eat their own honey rather than sugar substitute.
Whilst inspecting the hives I took my notebook out of the toolbox to find it had been leaked on by some water – and all of this seasons records were literally dissolved. Quite extraordinary! So my records are now my rusty old memory and the odd blog entry. A lesson there somewhere – perhaps use indelible ink or something?