It felt like old times at the apiary today. An overcast, grey Saturday afternoon found a group of old and new beekeepers huddled at the apiary table and waiting for Elsa and Clare to pour tea. Emily had baked delicious chocolate-and-nut muffins and I had to be quick to take a photo before they disappeared.
So this week, back by popular demand of fellow blogger Rolling Harbour, we have cake…
A new visitor asked: ‘So is this what you do every Saturday?’ Yes – before we had four hives. Emily and I reflected that a better summer for the bees meant less tea and cake for beekeepers.
This year’s long warm summer has seen our bees boom and we’ve been very lucky with our windows of sunshine at weekends. However, as if on cue, it started to rain today as we walked the group of beginner beekeepers to the hives. We were only able to show workers crawling over the crownboard before big wet drops of rain forced us to close up.
A usual day at Ealing apiary then – tea, cake, rain and bee talk…
Next week: Apiguard and honey.
Cakes look yum 🙂
They were controversially delicious!
I want some of that cake and some of that rain. It’s really getting dry here. So far, it’s not affecting the plants that the bees are foraging on, but without rain soon, things won’t be so nice in the apiary – or anywhere else. I suppose we can all always eat cake 🙂
Nature is such a delicate balance – rain is needed for nectar to flow and sunshine for bees to forage. Shame bees can’t eat cake too 🙂
apiguard & muffins! 🙂
Well I think the bees will deserve mini muffins after their Apiguard treatment! 😉
Well worth being demanding, then! Move over bees, the cakes are back… + Thanks for the link. RH
I’m sure the bees don’t mind being out of the spotlight for a week – they have been pretty demanding this summer! 🙂
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Sounds like we need a cake-off! I’m putting Victoria sponge with raspberry jam and clotted cream on the table! 😉