I was surprised yesterday when I looked at my swarm trap and saw a small ball of bees attached, under the trap. I was successful in getting them in the new hive. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that they stick around…this time!
This year I’m only having one hive. The installation went well!:
This is year we have two hives remaining. We are in a good position this year as all the other years (5) our bees have died. I retired from the day job in May and in two months, I was diagnosed with cancer. That is the reason I haven’t posted for months. It could also be the reason the bees are doing so well! Maybe the key is to leave them alone. (since I was too weak to do anything anyway..) Give us a few months and time will tell!
Our last batch of mead for the year. The wife says it’s not a sweet wine, a little dry but tastes peachy. High on the alcohol content at 12%. We will get it right in 2018!
I was supposed to “rack” (siphon the mead to another container) 30 days after the last racking. It looked like the yeast had stopped working only after a few days. So, I was advised to take the wine off the fruit. Still a little cloudy and smells like alcohol. That’s all I can tell you!
Freddie Mercury was the only hive to produce enough honey to share. We decided to make some mead or honey wine. Since I have never had a drink of alcohol, I reserve all taste testing to my wife. She’s happy to help!