Bad beekeepin', good houseleekin', loadsasnowin'

I go away for a week and the bees go mad.

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I don't mean so mad that they put their honey in a pot for me - only that they seem to have filled up the hive to the top, probably with rape. And this despite them being a new swarm, in place only since late May. That's 13 kg of honey (err, with wax mixed in of course, since the frames in the top super were foundationless, because I was in a hurry. They did not put their own comb neatly in rows).

Also while we were away the houseleeks have come out into full flower, even better than last year.

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That one is unadjusted, but not really true colour. This one is adjusted and closer to eye.

And lastly, we were in the Stubai again. Sulzenauhutte to Innsbrucker Hutte this time. Some decent days but an awful lot of snow. Here's the view down to the Blau Lacke and beyond the Sulzenauhutte (just visible nearly center) from half way up the so-called "Aperer Freiger", "aperer" being a name sometimes given to the lower peaks off main summits (the main summit in this group being the Wilder Freiger). I'd assumed, in previous years, that it meant "lower" but it turns out to mean "snow free", which fits with being lower of course.

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Is there enough wax for a candle?

[Oh yes, most certainly. I carefully avoided giving them any foundation, so they have been most productive of wax -W]

By Paul Kelly (not verified) on 07 Jul 2013 #permalink

I have an odd suspicion that "aperer" means "suitable for bees."