The girls are still being treated for their little mite infestation that I won’t dwell on too much.  They seem to have also eaten their way through their stores due to being confined to their little box by wind and rain.  A few days ago I threw together a little food for them in the form of sugar and water to see them through the bad weather.  I put a feeder on top of their house through which they can access the syrup through the inside of their hive and feed in the comfort and warmth of their own home.  Two days of even worse weather found them not touching the food at all.  The entrance to the feeder was at the top back of the hive due to the hive’s backwards tilt on the ground (hives should not sit perfectly level) and I wondered if they just don’t like the back of the hive as they have not even built comb back there.  Lazy bees.  So, with a crow bar and little chocks of wood I re tilted the hive the other way and turned the feeder around to the front area.  I then trickled a little down to them to wake them up and entice them into the feeder.  Today I prised back the cover to see bees trotting back and forth up and down from the feeder.  Feeding the bees might be the way of things for the next while as we head into the ‘June gap’.  It does seem strange and hard to believe but June is a period of nectar drought for bees even if the weather is fine.  It is a time when the bee numbers in the hive will reach maximum with up to sixty thousand bees in a single hive.  It is also a time when nothing that produces substantial nectar is flowering copiously.

When I returned to the cottage to play and read to the little man I discovered a bee on his play mat and he got quite upset about it….

….when it stopped playing its tunes and I had to re-start its lullabies.