Last time I had that was Niagara Falls in Jan and it was lovely.
However please remember Scotland is a big place... so it does not mean a blanket temp.
We are heading for Stonehaven for the Fireballs (check utube for vids AND BE JEALOUS..LOL) on Hogmany night and then up to Loch Muick for New Years Day. If I remember I will take the high and low thermometer with me as last time at Loch Muick the Motor Home safety valve tripped and dumped our water... and believe me that is a show stopper.
This time I intend the boiler locker to be packed out with insulation and hopefully we will be able to shower in the morning.
We've been having that sort of night temperature for around a week now, and the Met Office says -10C for Perthshire tonight. Early this morning we had several more inches of snow, and the 10 inches that fell on the A9 between Glasgow and Perth shut the road for 9 hours. I'm in the low-lying area E of Perth, and we've probably not had the -16C but we have had continuous snow cover for a week and really cold nights - which has stopped me opening hives for the oxalic treatment.
Pete, Stonehaven should be above freezing by the end of the week but the forecast says that there will be a raw E breeze coming off the North Sea. Early tomorrow morning I'm taking the kids skiing at Glen Shee, just a few miles W of Loch Muick! Hope it warms a little for you by then (it should, but it will still be cold).
Very cold here in Perth, -11.4 C at 10.30am this morning, First year beekeeping and have been nursing them since I got my nuc at the end of June from my local association.
They expanded quickly and I managed to get a little honey, 15LB
Gave them a full 12.5kg of fondant on top of the QE on 21/11/09 and insulated the hive with polystyrene the same day. (see pic)
When I gave them their OA treatment on 17/12/09 the fondant had formed little stalagmites through the bars on the QE and everything looked okay.
I guess there isn't much more I can do to help them through this very cold winter?
No more difficult than usual, only treated over the centre part of the brood box where 90% of the bees where. The fondant and QE came off and went back on together.
Bought the ready made up OA from Thorne's and used a syringe which I bought from a local vet place for .17p to measure and administer the treatment.
Sounds like you are a much more organised beekeeper than me! I haven't ventured out yet today, but I can believe those temperatures - I'm 10 miles E of Perth. Sounds like you have done everything you can for the bees and I'm sure that they will be fine now until spring. I don't bother with insulation as damp is normally more of a problem than cold, but this winter yours may feel the benefit. What local association did you go to - Dunbalne and Stirling? There is a quiescent local BKA in Perth and the secretary seems amenable to trying to reinvigorate it.