At last the weather was kind (ish) to us, and a good turnout, considering the chopping and changing, were able to look at the colonies and take stock.
We are now looking towards winter preparation. The exceptionally dry weather has resulted in a very poor summer honey yield, after a reasonable spring crop. Only one colony, the WBC, has what could be called surplus stores, and it is likely that we will leave what honey there is for the bees. Any honey that they collect from now is theirs.
All colonies, with the exception of one of the Langstroths, are strong and queenright. The two Langstroth colonies were reunited with newspaper.
Next Wednesday we will remove redundant supers, move supers of honey that will stay with the bees under the brood boxes, and put the first trays of Apiguard on.