On Friday I put my name into a bid for an apiary site, as sadly one of the members of my association has had to retired and he decided to donate his site and all his equipment back to the association. I was the lucky winner of the site and a double brood box national hive with a strong colony. So this year I will forge ahead with my plans to start several new top bar hives and also start on a small scale queen rearing operation as well. I intend to breed from my colony that has over wintered as they were gentle and well tempered all last year. Clare my wife said I haven't stopped smiling since I found out.
Some pictures to follow when I've had a chance to visit the site.