Monthly Archives: May 2011

Gormanston

I’ve just sent my Tolstoy, sorry, cheque off to Gerry Ryan for this year’s Summer School at Gormanston.  I was careful to address the envelope to ‘Gerry Ryan the beekeeper’ to assist the postman as there are half a dozen … Continue reading

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Bee Go be gone. Cheesed off!

There is a chemical, Butyric anhydride, which is sold in America under the name Bee Go. They use it for clearing bees from supers so they can take the honey.  It stinks and, personally, I wouldn’t let it within 100 … Continue reading

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New Suit

Browsing for something else on ebay, I came across a bee-suit with a ridicuously low starting price. I don’t really NEED another bee suit as most of mine are more or less serviceable, but they are rather grubby and repairs … Continue reading

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CYSER

I’ve just embarrelled last year’s cyser and have a cup for sipping next to me.  It is very appley, medium dry and there’s a curious warm feeling that permeates the body after a slurp or two. I made it with … Continue reading

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Diminishing Swarm

I check the transparent hive daily, recording the temperature at 3 points and the mite drop as well as anything else that drops.  I’m getting a bit worried that the cluster is getting smaller, leaving the perimeter of the combs … Continue reading

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Transparent hive update

I took a small swarm on 7th May, probably a cast or secondary swarm with a virgin queen as it was the second swarm to land in that garden at Chetnole within days.  I installed it in the transparent hive, … Continue reading

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Stroppy swarm

The phone rang this afternoon. Could I help with a swarm in Dorchester?  I was there within half an hour and was shown the swarm, large and split between two adjacent branches of a laburnum, drooping under the weight of … Continue reading

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