Here's an update on the bee situation.
We have ten hives active at the moment. There are two up here in Rosendal, which are full of bees and honey and pollen and will need to be harvested fairly soon. Down near the cabin we have two strong hives: one is very docile and full of honey while the other is defensive and noisy but also full of honey. They have everything in garden, the fields and the ditches to feed on.
As before, we have several hives in the garden in Espoo. Two of them are very strong, stacked high with Farrar frames full of honey and very busy as there is plenty to forage nearby especially the rosebay willowherb which is flowering now. We also have two splits (which we did a in June to preempt swarming) both with new queens. One is doing really well and the other is a bit iffy.
Now we have a new site in Bovik, on the coast half way between Espoo and Pojo. We planned to have three hives there but one of them was weak, we added a new queen and, last time we visited, she was all alone. So we brought her back her and set her up in a new box with some brood and some honey and we'll see what happens. If she is accepted and lays brood we will take that hive back to Bovik.
We will harvest very soon, probably next week when Peter starts his annual summer vacation.