Apologies for the delay, I hardly notice the message waiting indicator on this forum !
I collected a nuc from Thornes Windsor which was ordered almost a year ago for delivery around now. To cut a long story short, I inherited an unused hive from my parents as their neighbours did not want bees near their dogs... The good news is that I now have a great new hobby.
I still go to the St Albans's apiary every Saturday, but am on my own at home as there is not a mentor who lives in Watford. That said, I am just getting on with it as the bees seem to do all the hard work !