As the weather was awful I wrote up my notes on safe and healthy beekeeping and honey bottling which I sent to my colleagues for comment. It is always good to write up notes immediately after a training event as one either fails to get round to it, or when you do the original scribbles do not make any sense. I doubt that my bees will give me enough honey to sell this year but I might as well train myself in best practice before bad habits creep in.
I also used rainy days to put together a 'swarm kit' with essential equipment and a step by step guide of what to do. If you have a swarm there is no time to go shopping or start Googling! I thus have a new Apidea (mating hive) from Thornes, water spray, white sheet and cardboard box. Lets hope I don't need them anytime soon. Probably the best bit of swarm kit is the 'phone number of an experienced beekeeper.
I went to the Kenwood Apiary today and my little hive looks fine with busy bees. I couldn't find the queen but as there is brood in all stages of development and the workers were not agitated I think that things are probably fine, but I would like to see her next week. We then had the excitement of a swarm from the apiary high up in an elderflower tree which resulted in ladders, boxes, secateurs and eventually the swarm captured and put into a new hive. Definitely not a job to do on your own even if you know what you are doing.