If there was one thing I needed to do today, it was to put another Super on to the hive. The problem was going to be finding a dry hour in what looked to be a cloudy, rainy day.
The drizzle set in soon after breakfast so 30% and I headed over to a huge garden centre between Bromsgrove and Droitwich. She had visited a couple of weeks ago and entered a prize draw. The Gods of fortune had smiled down upon her and this morning we we headed over to pick up her prize ... a box of chocolates.
There is some irony here as a) 30% doesn't really like chocolates, b) we have both just started a fitness programme and c) we managed to spend over one hundred pounds on planters as a result of collecting a three quid box of choccies.
Our route home included a quick stop at a supermarket and we arrived just in time for lunch.
Immediately after lunch the weather had cleared somewhat so I threw on a veil and a pair of gloves, lit my smoker and grabbed a spare Super from the garage. It wasn't a lengthly process to remove the hive roof, crown board and Super and add the new Super just above the Queen Excluder. The original Super, crown board and roof were replaced and I wandered away.
The colony now has a 40% increase in space and the foundation in the fresh Super will also give them something to do. Hopefully this will deter them from swarming.
The rest of the afternoon was spent planting in the garden when showers and thunderstorms allowed.