It turns out the injury to my hand was more serious that I thought, so recovery is still ongoing. This has held me back from placing the last concrete slab on my hive site. I still don’t have bees yet, but I think that’s a good thing given everything.
I’ve been to the Coventry Branch apiary hives to help out with inspections. It was a wake up call as I became aware of some items I didn’t think to get at BeeTradex. I’ve now placed an order for dummy boards & smoker chips. I also think I may need more frames than I’ve got at present. I’ve prepared a binder for hive records. Once my order has arrived, I should have everything I need.
Might be a good idea for me to have a quick skim through a few chapters of the BBKA Guide to Beekeeping.