April at the Apiary

The  weather forecast was not an encouraging one for today’s monthly meeting at the association apiary and of course, as always, the forecasters had to get it right.  They never quite seem to do the same when the forecast is for blazing sun do they?!


In any case an intrepid band of Moray beekeepers braved the conditions to make an appearance at the apiary.  There was never really any chance of us managing to open the hives and do the work that we had planned.

Bees staying at home

So Plan B was put in place.  This involved Tony our secretary giving a talk on queen clipping and marking using the very nifty Powerpoint presentation he has meticulously prepared.  No-one thought however to ask the permission of the projector and it proceeded to billow smoke into the air giving up the ghost once and for all.  Plan C was hastily improvised and involved Tony’s talk minus the audio-visuals.  Thankfully there were no further gremlins and after the talk a most welcome cup of tea was had.

Chat and a warm drink

At which point the sun even decided to make a quick appearance!

Sun coming through

The last piece of business was to draw the raffle and the lucky winners got some very nice prizes.  Here’s hoping our May meeting is blessed wih better conditions and we actually get to do some beekeeping!

The lucky winners!