Monthly Archives: April 2011

A Taste of Honey

For some reason the community gardens at Portland were deserted when I arrived at about 11am yesterday with Charlie and Merle. Merle knows nothing about bees and was entranced when I opened up the top bar hive. I took a … Continue reading

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Bockhampton – The Apprentice’s Progress

I visited Hardy’s birthplace yesterday for one of my regular sessions with my apprentice Caps who is the head gardener and who was, with no experience, put in charge of the hive donated last year by the BBC.  For some … Continue reading

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Beekeeping in Thomas Hardy’s Youth

Here’s the gist of a notice that will be close to the skeps on Thomas Hardy senior’s porch roof at Lower Bockhampton SKEPS   These straw upside-down basketty things are beehives of the type Mrs Hardy would have used here at the … Continue reading

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Fun with Taranov

Yesterday I took my would-be beekeeper daughter in law, Ally, to play with some bees. The first lot we looked at were a bit worrisome as they were no stronger than in February and had no sealed stores. However the … Continue reading

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Stoneleigh Lectures: AFB

This subject was tackled by Ingemar Fries who delivers an excellent talk. He first covered the epidemiology of this communicable disease, describing how it spreads, often with the assistance of beekeepers! He discussed horizontal versus vertical transmission, the former occurring when … Continue reading

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Stoneleigh: Getting the Best from Your Bees

First thing on Saturday I fought my way through the queue for Thornes to the Bees for Development stand with my pen poised. Oh tut! The books hadn’t arrived. After lunch I called by again and there they were! I … Continue reading

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Stoneleigh lectures: The Sussex Bee Plan

I first met the lecturer, Professor Francis Ratnieks in 2000 when he was the visiting lecturer at Gormanston and we visited the Newgrange ancient monument together, escorted there by Brian o’Dochartai.  Then he was at Sheffield University. Nowadays he is … Continue reading

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