(It’s a slow news day here at Mud Songs.) I know everyone has been on edge waiting for the results of the Cloudy Honey taste test. Does clarifying a jar of cloudy honey in a bowl of hot water destroy the floral flavours and aromas? Does it make the honey taste like grocery store goo? I don’t know. I haven’t done the taste test yet. But stay glued to your computer. We hope to have the results in this weekend. In the meantime, I’ll answer another question I’m sure has been on everyone’s mind: “Phillip, what are your bees up to these days?” I don’t know. But let’s find out… Okay, I just got back from taking a few pictures of the bees. Check it out:
|Top entrance from a first-year hive (Dec. 16/11).|
|Top entrance from a second-year hive (Dec. 15/11).|
|Top entrance from a foundationless hive (Dec. 16/11).|
The bees in all four hives are clustering in the top brood chamber now. I can’t imagine they’re running out of honey in the bottom box already. The last time I checked in the fall, both chambers in all the hives seemed packed with honey. I may add some candy cakes before the new year just to be safe. Or maybe it’s normal for the bees to rise to the top box at this time of year. I’ll have to look into that. And I’m not sure if you can tell, but the last photo from our one foundationless hive shows the cluster farther back from the top entrance. The bees in all the other hives are right up against the front entrance. Perhaps the foundationless hive has a smaller cluster. I wouldn’t be surprised. At any rate, that’s what our bees are up to these day. Nothing. Just hanging tight trying to stay warm. Only another four or five months to go.