A friend of a friend wanted to know if anyone living in the country would like to have a bee hive on their land. Guess who they thought of! Himself said that if they came to our garden they would immediately look at the orchard beyond, which doesn't belong to us, and want to site the hive there. Of course, he was right. Happily Mary, our neighbour, was happy to oblige, and today was delivery day.
As you can see, it was a soggy, dull day. The hive was well wrapped up in an old sheet until the exact site was chosen.
Unwrapped and in position, and some bees come out to take a look around.
Mmm! I'm dreaming of honey already!
Another good thing to arrive was a box of eggs from our neighbours Andy and Kim. Their hens came from the Battery Hen Welfare Trust. They started out with half a dozen hens but two of them could not adjust to life in the country, fresh air and grass and promptly popped their clogs. The remaining four had a bit of a shock when they experienced their first rainfall ( and I know just how they felt) but Andy erected a canopy to keep the worst of the weather at bay.
Now they seem to be quite at home and are laying well.
The eggs taste delicious!