Bee Keeper Patrick Laslett with his Victorian styled 'Cottager' bee hive that was given to him on his 50th birthday Rosemary Fordham and Paul Metcalf (then beekeeping tutor at Easton College)

Cottager (or WBC) beehive early in the season (2003) re-painted after standing in the weather throughout in the winter.
The queen bee starts to lay eggs again towards the end of January and the the bee keeper opens the hive for the first time sometime in March on a warm sunny day. The hive is then cleaned up and the inside floor singed and scraped.

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