It was great to welcome Jo Schup from the National Bee Unit to the apiary today for a routine check-up on the bees. Jo is the first other bee=keeper (and a very experienced one too!) to have seen my bees other than me. It was therefore great for me to hear that I seem to be doing (nearly) everything right. More importantly perhaps it was great to hear that the bees seem really healthy with no signs of any disease or virus. It was a great learning experience for me too. I'll give them a couple of days to recover from today's visit before I feed them again.....though they seem mightily hungry at the moment.