We can’t really complain, can we. It wasn’t THAT bad a winter. Not after 2017-18 and The Beast From The East. But I’m still glad that spring is here.
And so are Ali G’s Bees. In fact, they’re cockahoop.
After a lazy winter, the work starts now and the girls are already hard at it, returning home with legs full of pollen. Think ‘Popeye after his spinach’ and you’ll get the idea.
Now, given they work so incredibly hard to collect the pollen and nectar, they’re a bit slapdash with the pollen when they return to the hive. The yellow line running through the centre of the image: that’s hard-earned pollen just discarded! And, no, they don’t gather it up afterwards.
It’s thirsty work collecting pollen and nectar. Ali G’s Bees have their very own water feature so they’ve always got water to hand (or should that be ‘to wing’ or even ‘bee wing’ …)
You can do something similar to help the bees in your garden. Simply fill a bowl with stones and then fill with water. The stones help the bees access the water easily and stops them from drowning. Mind you, from what I’ve seen they also use it as a congregating place, where they can rest after their labours and have a good gossip. See what I mean …
Can’t say I blame them.
It was a lovely, balmy day yesterday so I spent the day inspecting the hives and getting ready for the new foraging season. I’m delighted to report that we only lost one colony (which is one colony too many) but it was a weak one and I didn’t expect them to get through the winter. It’s still very sad.
However, the other colonies are working hard. The air was full of their buzzing: such a joyous sound. Occasionally one would hit the back of my head, making me laugh. They can’t be short sighted so I can only assume they’re concentrating hard and flying on autopilot. It happens regularly.
The final photograph shows them to-ing and fro-ing from the hive. You can see a couple have the big yellow Popeye legs I mentioned earlier.
So, spring has well and truly sprung, and all of us here at Ali G’s Bees are absolutely delighted.