Autumn has come in with many bounties, our first honey has been extracted and we have in the region of 40lbs of beautiful clear honey which tastes superb, not that we are bias ! The wax cappings, the off cuts from the frames Chris has turned into bees wax and is now being made into lip balm and soap. It one of lifes wonder how the bees produce their honey, and it is not too difficult to accept they wish to protect it so bravely. It has resulted in several stings and I have learnt the folly of nipping up to the hive to do a quick job, and been surprised to learn that the protective clothing, well at least the gloves, do not give full protection from the bee stings.
Butterflies have shown up at last in large numbers the normal red admirals, peacocks and tortoisehell butterflies, no painted ladies this year, but I have seen common blues, not so common for me.
The rowan and hawthorn are as laden with fruit as I have ever seen, but our sloe bushes are lacking totally, so no wine or gin this year I fear.
The apples are larger and more plentiful than normal, probably due to the wet winter, and a lack of wasps have left they unharmed too.