The bees arrived, delivered by Peter Bowbrick in part of an old brood box (the bees, that is, not Peter Bowbrick). There are around 30,000 of the little buzzers, on ten frames.
We spent a few minutes dismantling the new hive, and then opened up the brood box with the bees in.
Bearing in mind we had full bee suits on, Peter said, "When I open this, run!"
A comforting start to beekeeping.