Firstly apologies for the lack of updates over the past month or so. Work has been pretty busy and the blog seems to always be the first casualty.
But how are the Gallery bees doing and very importantly do we have any honey!!
You’ll be glad to hear that both of our hives are doing well. The new hive has been bursting with activity all summer long, colony numbers are strong, we still have the same queen we started the year with, and we have been able to harvest a super full of honey whilst leaving them with another super that is almost full of honey. Well done girls! The new hive has been the perfect example of how to keep bees. They have consistently had perfect comb patterns, they’ve remained calm and placid, and they’ve been very tidy bees. The old hive has spent most of the year playing catch up, after their very slow start they’ve never quite reached the same numbers as last year, they are possibly on their 2nd queen of the season (which is much better than the 4 we had last year), and we should be able to harvest of super full of honey in the next couple of weeks whilst also leaving them with a super and a bit of honey for themselves. And in contrast to the new hive, they’ve not liked any of the fresh new comb we introduced in the spring, they’ve been bothered by wasps (not their fault), they’ve been slightly grumpy at times, and they’ve plastered everything in the hive with thick propolis. However, well done girls to them as well.
As we prepare to put both hives to bed for the coming winter months I can announce that we will be having another honey tasting night that will be run in conjunction with our harvest feast. A night where food will be prepared by our restaurant using ingredients from our very own rooftop garden. Please do come along.
Thursday November 14th 5pm onwards - Harvest Feast
We are also planning on selling some of our honey this year. We held a staff competition for the name and I can announce that the Gallery honey will be called - Bee-Raphaelite Honey. I hope you are looking forward to the prospect of being able to take some of our honey home with you.