Well, that did not go well. I inspected the hives, and was intrigued by the results. Olive hive is busy, but not going so well – there are three boxes, the bottom two for brood, and the top for honey. Unfortunately, the bees are just not interested in the top box, while the middle is full of honey. I have taken the queen excluder off now, it the hope they will find it easier. The queen proved elusive, but there was a large amount of sealed brood, as well as grubs. I would have swapped some frames around, but the top box is 3/4, while the others are full depth. I shook the full box over the empty one, just to get bees in it, and spread the scent. It is not easy shaking a full depth box full of honey. They weigh over 20Kg.
Apple hive was a different story altogether. It is positively boiling with bees, and has filled the latest box about 1/3 or more since the last post. Wow. Unfortunately, the bees in this hive have a touch of a problem with being inspected. They are quite aggressive when the hive is opened. I got into a bit of strife when a bee got into my veil. then 4 or 5 more joined her, while she pounded her stinger into my face, just beside my nose. I broke and ran, with about a dozen chasing me for more than 15 metres, and I stripped off the veil, with a few still buzzing my face and neck. I then had to gather myself together, and put the hive back together again. Thankfully I only got the one sting, although my face burned and ached. I can now see my cheek, as it has gone all puffy. Not impressed.