Monthly Archives: February 2011

Post Mortem

I conducted a post mortem on a colony that I was aware a few weeks ago had died, but had no time then to attend to. It was a CDB hive at Adam’s Green.  I had thought at first glance … Continue reading

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Flower Log

Crocuses (croci?) are now appearing in numbers and I saw the first roadside primroses today.  I also saw the first bumble bee of the year.  Looked like Bombus lucorum (White Tailed Bumble Bee).

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Transparent Hive

I have spend some time today creating a hive out of a transparent plastic crate bought for the purpose.  Using a hot iron and some old brood comb, I managed to get a few random splodges of smelly wax, tempting … Continue reading

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Andy Willis

He gave us a talk and slide show at Marsh Barn, Bridport this afternoon.  It was interesting but I wish it hadn’t gone on for 90 minutes as the seats were hard! Chatting with people afterwards, several were concerned about … Continue reading

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I heard this morning that Dave Cushman died yesterday.  He was a good friend and I shall miss him. We first got to know each other over a decade ago via the Irish beekeeping discussion list. The subject of Gormanston … Continue reading

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I’m flattered that somebody has sent me a copy of the book for me to autograph and return.  I see that he bought it on line via ABEBOOKS who didn’t charge him for shipping.

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Having a tidy up today, I came across my flower log for 1st January 1985. Flowers seen were gorse,white deadnettle, yarrow, speedwell, red deadnettle, shepherd’s purse, dandelion, daisy and groundsel.  Contrast that with this year’s poor showing.  There was cold … Continue reading

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