After pottering around Europe for 3 months or so, I am now back home but not yet peaked very far into the hive. Not worried as I know they can look after themselves.
It has just been too cold, wet and windy and looks like another week of it on the way.
I had a quick look in the top one morning when a bit of sun peeked through and the was wind calm. There was plenty of activity and bees so I am guessing they are doing OK. Did not take out any frames for fear of cooling the hive down too much.
Unfortunately the top board had big pools of condensation so I am venting the roof and altering the insulation. Haven’t quite mastered the air flow stuff yet but have moved the fibre board down to the lower slot after reading the latest posts.
In the next week or so when I get on top of the 3 months of yard work, I am going to make and put in a slatted rack. I may even dispense with the fibre board altogether then. Will keep you posted on the condition of the hive when opportune to do so.
Anyway I have a lot of reading to catch up on.