Monthly Archives: November 2011

BACK TO EDEN

I went back there a few days ago.  I hoped to bump into the resident apiarist, Julie Kendle, but failed, although I had a chat with a couple of gardeners in the tropical dome who tell me the Top Bar … Continue reading

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I’M A TEACHER!

I did it! I taught at my kids’ old school.  Before I started the teacher, Mrs Taylor, gave me a photo of my boy, Charlie, whom she must have taught about 17 years ago.  I was at one end of … Continue reading

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TEACHING BEES TO SCHOOLKIDS

I’m making preparations in about 2 hours time to stand in front of a class of 30 10 year old schoolkids at Maiden Newton Primary and tell them about bees and beekeeping.  This is a thing I’ve never done before … Continue reading

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DARG Meeting

It was meant to be our AGM but our Chairman, Richard Ball, and one or two others couldn’t be there so we just settled for a good 3 course lunch at the Furzeleigh Mill Hotel, Buckfastleigh and a talk by … Continue reading

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Swedish Beekeeping and the Constant Fight Against Varroa

This was Erik Osterlund’s talk on the Saturday morning of the National Honey Show. I think this was the first lecture I attended there where there were some empty seats. Maybe people are bored with varroa. He told us varroa … Continue reading

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DRONE

It was poetry night at the Fox and Hounds. I read three of mine. The cruel and heartless audience fell about laughing at my miserable double sonnet about the life and unfortunate death of the drone. It will appear in … Continue reading

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Erik Osterlund’s 35 years as a beekeeper

Erik is a well-known beekeeper and bee breeder from Sweden.  He took us through his career so far, spanning 35 years (not much longer than me!).  He started with mongrel bees: non – Italian but angry.  However there was an … Continue reading

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