07917 677667 beesatbobs@btinternet.com RJ beekeeping, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

Having said how dry it was and needing rain, my call has certainly been answered! The season seems to be almost extremes of very hot and dry then very wet with no nice balance. That said there may be a flow of nectar though only time will tell.

The highlight of the last month has been extracting a colony which had swarmed into a post box set into a wall. A first for me! I am pleased to find that I have managed to successfully remove the bees with their queen and several combs of brood. They are now building nicely in a nucleus hive and should soon move into a full hive.