Monthly Archives: September 2011

WAX RECOVERY

Yesterday I found a plastic bucket half full of old, mangled, honeycomb which looked as if I had chucked it in with some home brew to let yeast and water recover the last of the honey. There may even have been … Continue reading

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ILLITERATE Bs!

My bees can’t or won’t read the books!  At this time of year they should be reducing their brood nests and packing the surrounding area with stores for the approaching winter. Drones should be a memory, having been chucked out … Continue reading

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KEEP PORTLAND WEIRD!

That’s a car sticker that applies not only to the people but also to the bees.  Visiting the Island today I found that the first hive I examined had plenty of healthy brood but no stores. It’s been like that … Continue reading

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Getting the Best from Your Bees

I have discovered that the book is much cheaper bought from Amazon in the USA than from Amazon UK, even taking postage and packing into account, so I’ve ordered one for myself!  The E-book is even cheaper and can be … Continue reading

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The Northern Ireland Experience

I’m just back from a few days with beekeepers in Northern Ireland, my first visit there. At last year’s Gormanston, as I was relaxing in the lounge, a girl, Vanessa Drew, whom I didn’t really know, came up and asked me … Continue reading

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The Pesticide Issue

DARG, the Devon Apicultural Research Group, held an all-day seminar today (yesterday now!) attended by about 30 people. The speakers were Dr James Cresswell, Senior Lecturer at the School of Biosciences at Exeter University, whose research deals with the performance … Continue reading

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B quick or no B good?

I went down to darkest Cornwall where I keep a couple of hives on a friend’s woody plot on a hilltop somewhere betwixt Dartmoor and Bodmin.  I  get to see them only about 3 times a year and so they … Continue reading

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