Hi Recurve - Welcome!
I'm near Donnybrook - colder than you in winter, but mine do work thru winter when the weather is sunny. I'm pretty new to beekeeping; so far hives have all made it thru each winter- a little depleted in number in spring or late spring. I have rugged them a few times when we had a week of frosts, but don't usually have to feed or do anything special. If I fed thru cold winter weather, wud probably be a stronger hive in spring, but I am a hobbyist, so do what I have time for.I have always made sure the hives were sited to gain the sun early and are not in the shade really. I made the mistake of leaving one in a shady position in the garden and it really was hard work to bring them back to a healthy hive
As you are on the coast you should be OK and there should be enough forage on sunny days. Any bush nearby? Capeweed flowers early on many farms.
Good luck with your bees.
Thank you for the answers we get very little if any frost here so it is good to know we do not have much to worry about come winter time. I may have made a small mistake with my location as it gets some shade from the afternoon sun I thought this would be a good idea at the time now I am not so sure.
recurve look at your pic borrom left cornerbout 1/3 from bottom
of pic looks like the queen to me???
To be honest I have looked at the pics I took and have thought I spotted her in every one
I guess with time I will learn