From Simon's beekeeping blog. Comments are welcome via email.
This morning, Dave, Ⓓ and I went to the apiary to deliver our Yule greetings. Midwinter was actually on the twenty-second, but on Sunday morning we were in the middle of over a day of rain. As a result, the apiary was in a deep puddle of water. I may head down there in a few days to dig a drainage channel, but we should see some drainage into the ditch in the meantime.
There were two priorities — to ensure there was enough food and to check for any blockages caused by the mouseguards at the entrance. In Colony 2 — the one Ⓓ and Dave have been looking after — we could see through the hole in the crown board a nice little ball of bees. Their Fondabee was half-eaten and dessicated, so we left a bag of Candipolline Gold for them. Dave pointed out that it contains protein as well, and can apparently stimulate the brood, but since it can be used all year round, we thought we'd try a different food to see whether they'd prefer it. Because of the protein, Ⓓ called it their Christmas dinner.
Back in Colony 1 — the one Ⓑ and I have been looking after — about a quarter of the Fondabee had been consumed, and so another 500g bag of Candipolline Gold was cut open and put upside-down on a crown board hole. There was no need to open the hive up, especially in cold weather and with the occasional bee flying around giving some signs of activity.
Dave and Ⓓ have also left a present for Ⓑ and me. It's bucket-shaped and carries a label which reads:
To Simon & Ⓑ and all @ hive 1. Bee_1, Bee_2, .., Bee_n. From Dave & Ⓓ.
This was very kind and I love the enumeration of the bees as an indexed set. We have strict instructions not to open it until Christmas, so I'll have to wait until tomorrow to see what's inside.
|C1||500g Candipolline Gold||9°C ☀ clear|