Monthly Archives: August 2011

CYSER

If, like me, you have a lawn full of fallen apples you might like to consider making cyser. Here’s how: first crush the apples to obtain their juice to make cider. I don’t think you need instructions for that!  Then take … Continue reading

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Flower Log

I saw bees working ivy flowers today. In August!  It’s going to be a long hard winter.  I haven’t seen gorse in flower for months.  The Rosebay Willowherb has been good this year and so has the Himalayan Baslam.  I … Continue reading

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Bumbling Along

A couple of months ago I was contacted by a builder who had encountered a nest of bumble bees (Bombus lapidarius, the Red Tailed Bumble Bee) in a wall of a barn in Powerstock that he was converting.  I took … Continue reading

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Gormanston – Friday morning- the last day.

I had a strange dream.  I was to be taken, unwillingly, up in a hot air balloon. I couldn’t see the balloon but I  could hear it being inflated by repeated roaring blasts from a gas furnace. I woke up … Continue reading

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Gormanston – Thursday afternoon

I met Sister Dolores and she gave me her photo, which I will doctor for use in my next book: “Bee People” in which she is featured.  I got somebody to take a photo of Vanessa and me on the … Continue reading

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Gormanston – Thursday morning

The first Advanced lecture was Robert Pickard again. His subject was International Beekeeping. He made the point that, with bees being sent around the World in the way they are currently, we need global regulations to go with global beekeeping.  … Continue reading

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Gormanston – Wednesday

I was up early , 6.45, in order to be in the Chapel at 7.30.  Mass started at 7.45 instead of the advertised 8am and, from my perch at the back of the gallery, it appeared as if the choir … Continue reading

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