Well, today I got a local beekeeper, Lawton Roberts, to come and remove the hive from my valve box. This, you will remember, was found two days ago when I tried to get my sprinkler system fixed. He found a well-developed colony inside it, complete with combs and honey and he moved it all into a small wooden hive that he had brought along. This he has left in the garden and tonight, when the bees have all gone home, he will remove and that should be the end of that.
Now, hopefully, we’ll be able to proceed with the irrigation repairs!