Monday morning. I got up at 6.30, the morning sun rising over the distant sea. I went down and outside briefly. I tried to use my tablet computer and mobile phone to catch up with facebook and emails without success.
Then it was breakfast time. There was no hot water so I couldn’t have a hot drink as I haven’t had a caffeinated drink since leaving Gormanston last year. The meal was porage topped with muesli and yoghurt, a banana and toast and marmalade.
Then I went back to the room and fetched the file and programme and then sat in the entrance hall writing up these notes. I wandered through the trade stalls, bearing in mind that I was almost up to the limit of luggage weight. I noticed that Ben Harden still had a few copies of Bees vs People for sale.
I went to the main lecture room for the first senior lecture: Colony Defence by Michael Maunsell. I sat in the front row and Lynn Ingram, who had organised our trip to Morocco sat next to me and we chatted about apitherapy. The room wasn’t very full, but it’s a very big room.
Because it was a Powerpoint presentation they turned the lights out so I couldn’t keep legible notes although I wrote afterwards that he knows his stuff. I wish people would do as I did when I gave Powerpoint talks at work: print out the notes as hand outs with room on the page to make notes. Otherwise maybe FIBKA could do as the BBKA does at the National Honey Show: video the lectures and put them on line later.
Coffee break: no decaffeinated so I had orange juice instead.