Well it looks like the end of the main season around these parts. I got stung again doing some weeding having missed my partner by minutes who'd literally ran from his hives. I seem not to be dead so I'm taking that as a good sign. We're taking the honey off this weekend and it's miserable, maybe 50lbs across 6 hives. That would be ok for one hive normally. By time we go into winter im expecting to have reduced them to four strong hives and hope that I go into next spring with three, touch wood. I seem to be stuck in a rut at the moment, I don't feel like I'm doing anything wrong, I'm just fighting circumstance. I learn and I sympathise with anyone who took up beekeeping this or last year because they must have had an even more miserable time of it. I'm buying shares in sugar producers next time.