We finally managed to acquire some bees this weekend. Our original source has said his 'nucs' won't be ready for another month, but then hubby spoke to someone he knows and found they had an extra colony. It's just a small one at present, which split from the bees they bought in the Spring. We have seen the queen and it looks like the colony is doing well. We'll inspect it more closely at the weekend. There certainly looked like a good amount of bees going in and out of the hive late this afternoon.