So, we have identified, if not solved the problem with The Narky Hive. They don't appear to have a queen, either. We couldn't see any eggs or any open brood in the hive and very little worker brood. There were a lot of drones though and a lot of drone brood - it's a big hive. There was also a sealed Queen Cup (see the first image on the page), which means that the bees might be on the case already and be developing a new queen.
Just in case they aren't, we repeated our frame-swapping technique that we had already done with the small hive - so now we have two hives with eggs and young brood on a couple of frames - and if the bees have any sense, they will make themselves up a new Queen out of the eggs by picking an egg and feeding it royal jelly.
B then offered to go and see Quite Nosey But Nice Neighbour and sort out her computer, whilst I had a bath. He is fab.
And now, we are going to toddle off to Welshpool for a bit of shopping and then go for a swim. I have purchased a special maternity swimming costume and it isn't too horrific. I am bit more comfortable bump-wise this week - I think the babe has shifted, so it is not continuously booting me in the bladder and I am therefore not loathing it all quite so much.
This evening, The Montgomeryshire Domestic Sluts are coming round for tea and bringing their husbands. I might not have mentioned them before - we are a self-nominating group from the downsizer.net forum who all live locally and have started meeting up In Real Life for lunch, discussions about pigs, ducks, green burial and cakes. The only prerequisite for membership is that one has to loathe and abhor housework. I think that other branches are in the process of being set up around the country ... .
We are going to cook chicken curry, from our own chickens (already in the freezer, so no stressful slaughtering needed, thankfully) and then I am going to have a go at Chocolate and Banana Pudding.
I think that that might be all for now.