We've had several days of non-stop heavy rain and strong winds here in the south of England leading to a lot of local flooding and fallen trees etc. One of our apiaries is rather exposed on the top of a hill, so after the storm last night we did a quick inspection to make sure the colonies there were OK and that none of the hives had been blown over.
This apiary is in an old orchard and despite being at the very top of a slope, the ground was completely soaked. Earlier in the summer, when the ground was also soaked and the hives were heavier I could see some of the stands beginning to subside, so I placed a thick floor tile under each leg and levelled up the hives.
The good news was that all the hives in the apiary were upright and intact. The fact that it was still raining meant none of the bees were flying, although this one had a quick look before heading back inside to join her sisters. We had a quick listen to each colony with the stethoscope and as all were producing a quiet satisfying hum, we left them for another week or so.