We had been weather watching all last week. Armathwaite has its own microclimate and conditions can be very different from what’s predicted on BBC weather. The run up was an anxious time; over the week the forecast changed from rain, to heavy cloud and rain, to sunshine with rain and heavy cloud, to rain with light cloud. What we got on opening Saturday was brilliant sunshine and 99 visitors ! The bees behaved impeccably.
Some we had seen last year and they greeted us like old friends. They’d noticed such a difference and really appreciated the work we’d done. They came from far and wide, one lady from Dumfries was a return visitor and we met others from Blackpool, Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester. Phil’s Dad kept count and Joseph was in charge of the photographs. Last year we had 230 through on the Saturday so numbers were well down. However, hopefully we will gain some new followers of thebuzzshelter as we had business cards made and handed them out to those that seemed interested in our activities.
It rained on Saturday night and was drizzly and humid Sunday morning but from 12 onwards when we opened summer returned, bringing 134 visitors through our gate. The next event is the Spirit of the Eden Art and Craft exhibition which will be held in the village hall on August Bank Holiday weekend. We hope to see you there !