Afraid I never got to don the bee suit last night as the large swarm of bees decided to fly off in search of a new home before Mr C was able to transfer them to the hive!! Very sad as I was looking forward to it and, of course, Mr C has lost a large number of his bees. There may be some more swarming next week with the new queens that are hatching and he will then split them off into another hive.
More bad news ... Mr Pigeon has now increased his harem and has found another lost racing pigeon. There are now three of them. This morning they looked like one of those russian children's toys of hens pecking on a round bat as they surrounded the bowl of food eating. Trying to think of a way to get rid of them as they are a nuisance and make an awful mess. They have started to come into the house if I leave the door open!