The weather suddenly got cooler and we have had days of torrential rain. Needless to say we have started feeding the bees with sugar solution. All the hives have a feeding tray on top now.
We took one of the small hives from Espoo back to Pojo. We transport them in the back of the car with the lid off and a mosquito mesh over the top. This stops the hive from overheating as the main entrance is blocked with a strip of foam. Straight away, and very quickly, the bees start to deposit propolis (a kind of bee-glue) in the mosquito mesh to plug the holes. We installed the hive on the foundations of the old barn in Rosendal. It's a nice sheltered spot. We will probably put two more hives there.