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Bees

What a day to be out on the water. Blue sky and still waters and the prawns are still going into the creels although the berried ones are increasing on every haul. The larger prawns seem to have disappeared but all’s still well. Yesterday was my first big day in becoming a beekeeper. I went over to Audrey’s with Tim’s hive and after having a look at three of her hives including the one she split in June. So much to learn but it is interesting to hear the different ways of looking after the hives. Audrey does not concern herself about whether she finds her queen in the hive but knows by seeing the eggs and grubs under way telling her she has a fertile queen laying. When she split her brood frames she thought that her queen had gone with them but either way the workers rear a new one , they are amazing. So I transferred the bees to the hive and am leaving them for up to two weeks, wait for an evening call and head back over for the hive and then back home.

This a really healthy frame with eggs, grubs, capped cells and lots of honey and all the frames we saw were in great shape.

Audrey really does not want to go into the hives too often and is very careful about the weather conditions as well. Seeing how the bees react it is not surprising. They do seem to be fairly gentle bees but they do get cheesed off when disturbed.

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