Monthly Archives: July 2011

On the way to Gormanston

I usually head for Gormanston a few days early so I can spend time with some old friends in Ireland. They used to be at Urlingford on the Kilkenny/Tipperary border and on a convenient bus route but have recently moved … Continue reading

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GORMANSTON

I’m about to spend a week at the Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations’ annual week-long Summer School at Gormanston College, Co. Meath.  I’ve been going there every year since 2000 and hope to continue to do so as long as … Continue reading

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PESTICIDES AND BEES

It was late this afternoon that a text arrived on my phone: “Scones r done.x” and I remembered that I had been invited by my friend Liz for a cream tea.  I hopped into the car and drove over the … Continue reading

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To Smith or Not to Smith?

About a dozen of us from the Dorchester & Weymouth BKA met this windy cool afternoon on Portland where our host has an apiary of Smith hives on his smallholding. Luckily the weather was kind to us and the rain … Continue reading

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Transparent Hive

They are dwindling badly and there now just about enough bees left to stock a mini-nuc. They can’t last much longer. On the other hand, not a single varroa mite has dropped since 3rd July.

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I KNOW THAT FACE!

I went last evening to Cathy Lister’s ‘Wonky Donk’ festival at Lytchett Matravers, an annual event primarily social but using fund raising for donkey rescue as an excuse.  It was raining but not a lot. I was very impressed by … Continue reading

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Bumbling along

The phone rang this afternoon. It was the builder from Powerstock who, last year, paid me handsomely for getting honeybees out of a roof his team were working on. This time it was bees in a wall of a house … Continue reading

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