Winter news

As you probably all realise, it has been a cold and snowy winter so far. We've been trying to keep the sheep well fed while keeping an eye on the hens and the beehives.

We did have a couple of hives blow over in the gusty winds around Christmas. But fortunately we spotted this quickly. This winter, we had left all our hives strapped together. So even though the hives toppled, the bees were stirred up a bit, rather than exposed to the winter cold.

After re-righting the hives the bees seemed fine. And we managed the jobs sting-free — cold winter bees are relatively docile.

A hive check in the past fortnight revealed we had lost one of our weaker hives over the cold spell. We'll confirm exactly why later on, when we clean up and disassemble the hive.