Today we checked our bees and to our delight we have brood. It looks about 5/6 days old to my untrained eye and there is plenty of it. Our hive may not die of old age. We didn't see the Queen but are happy that there is one in there and she has had her wicked way with a number of drones.
Along with brood we have lots of honey stores. They haven't yet started any work in the super but we understand they may transfer some of the stores to the super to make way for brood. There is still room in the brood box especially as we have had a number of weeks with a non-laying Queen.
Even the outside frames have been drawn so they are definitely working through.