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

It’s rained a lot over the last 2 weeks and really curtailed my colony inspections. I have managed to check all my colonies but at most hives when lifting the roof off I was greeted by “lady” workers bearing their tail ends at me- stings poised! Their way of saying “What do you want? We’re in no mood to be messed around!” Colonies are defensive of their stores this time of year as they “prepare” for winter and no doubt the poor weather has left them a little frustrated and hive bound.
My activities curtailed I recently sought solace in a bottle of wine from my local co-op. My choice was made simple when informed that buying “Banrock Station” supported The Co-operative’s “Plan Bee” campaign.