I see the following alert from the Nation Bee Unit (part of Defra)
Today I was reminded of one of the unexpected joys of bee keeping: the smell.
I have a crown board in my kitchen which has lots of propolis on it. I caught the smell and it was fabulous. The smell of the hive at the entrance and top vent is also captivating.
We took some honey off our long established Hive (A) over the weekend. It amounted to 12Kg including extracted honey and comb. As always, it tastes fantastic. It's so strong that I can't eat very much.
I use National frames but mostly without foundation. There is evidence that chemicals leach from the wax in foundation and get transported around the hive (NB: I don't have a journal article reference for that claim, so treat with care please). I wanted to avoid that.