We had a surprisingly warm and sunny afternoon yesterday so I was able to take a peek at the two new swarms. The one which had to be removed from a National to a new Horizontal is perfectly straight with brood and honey, but the swarm which went onto the newly cleared out Horizontal is cross combing like crazy – 4 – 5 beautiful new combs built in the last 2 weeks, but at 45 degrees to the bars – but the bees are happy! I did try to realign the hive when I noticed the first comb going crooked when I last looked but I must have got it wrong. Perhaps I should have put a small piece of foundation along a bar or two before they were introduced into the hive? There was bee-waxed string running along the bars but it was pre used by the previous inhabitants.
The ‘boy next door’ took a comb from his ‘swarm machine’ TBH 3 weeks ago and got 5 jars of honey from it. It must have rape in it as it set quickly but is not pure white like other rape honey I have seen. Kept at room temperature it is pale golden and tastes very delicate. Our first honey from the valley. So exciting- but if Summer continues like this I won’t expect any honey from my bees this year!