For the second time in almost as many weeks it has been necessary to drive – ‘lickety spit’ – to Donna and Ronnie Clark’s home in Lhanbryde.
Why? Her bees are swarming!!
Donna, who is the Treasurer of Moray Beekeepers Association has to go to work to keep her bees in the manner to which they are accustomed and Ronnie, who works off-shore, keeps an eye on ‘the girls’ when he is at home. Ronnie being a novice beekeeper – but keen – is not quite confident – yet! – to deal with swarms and so Graham and Viv Hill are his first port of call when he needs another pairs of hands.
The clever thing about all this is that Donna’s bees always manage to swarm to within a few feet of the hive and so the three of us, armed with ‘loppers’ and a skep, collect them up and – hey presto – Donna now has three colonies. Lucky girl.
With so many folk losing colonies this past winter or two she has the great fortune to be queen-right in all three!