2012-11-11 Northcote is ready for harvest

On the Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh day, 
we remember the fallen, 
those that have worked tirelessly to bring us the Honey.

And then we go out, suit up and check the bees.

Bit of a beard on Metropolis lately.
I went through both hives, Metropolis is getting full, but Other has 10 frames ready to go, the remaining 6 are pretty close. Next weekend will be harvest time, weather permitting.
Both healthy, no sign of any swarming, all mould gone, looking great. Heavy.

Lots of Banksias blossoming in the neighbourhood, lately
 This one was fairly humming, A streeet tree a few metres up the road, you sensed the vibrations in the air as you walk by...

 I prepared a bottom board for the Taggery hive that has a rot problem

 Shed view. Quite a bit of beekeeping gear in here.

 My brekky. 

 And the end result: 5 stings. This is just after I took the suit off. Once again, wrists are a vulnerable point, they sting straight through the suit. You can see the mark from where the glove gauntlets were.
5 stings for me, both on forearms, through the suit. 

Sting Tally:This season: 8 so far (Jonas 7, Edis 1)
2011/2012 season: 41 (Jonas 30 Adrian 1 Edis 6 Jazmina 3 Rima 1)
2010 / 2011 season: Heaps
Honey Tally:This season: nil so far. But looking good.
2011/2012 season: 49 Litres
2010 / 2011 season: 34  Litres
That's about 1 sting per Litre.

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