I've managed to upload this bit of video. Please note that my voice has been affected by the terrible cold.
The old beech tree at the top of our drive had attracted a swarm. I knew it had just arrived, so I ran and told the guys and then went in to phone our plumber. Not only is our plumber a great guy and world class plumber, he and his father keep bees. I knew that if anybody could, they would be able to collect this swarm and put them to good use.
James Rae Sr and James Rae Jr showed up with impressive amounts of beekeeping gear and set about smoking out the bees and collecting the swarm in a basket.
In this photo they have sucessfully smoked the queen out and she settled on a low branch. She is then attended by the entire swarm. The weight of all those bees bent the branch. This was handy as they only had to shake the bees into the basket.
Here I was worrying that I wasn't going to have anything to write about because I've been so idle due to illness.