‘Getting the Best from Your Bees’, by Dave MacFawn of S.Carolina and me, is the subject of a 2 page review in An Beachaire, the Irish Beekeeper! The reviewer, Mary Montaut, doesn’t exactly bubble over with enthusiasm for the book as she thinks it is too American based. It is rather, but, although over this side of the pond we are used to the National hive and associated methods, the book is aimed at the whole world where far more people use the Langstroth.
She doesn’t think that, in Ireland, they could get away without winter feeding their bees while the book advocates leaving enough honey for the bees by not over-robbing. I wonder how bees survived in Ireland before cheap cane sugar became available? I haven’t routinely fed my bees for years and rarely lose a colony to starvation, except occasionally isolation starvation where they die in the midst of plenty.
She may be correct in her observation that the book is a little disjointed. It’s what comes of having 2 authors: we suffered from the same problem as the committee designing a horse and producing a camel!
Mary concludes in a more complimentary manner, praising our skill and knowledge and admiring our chatty style. She says she would really like to visit an apiary or two with us and talk bees. Maybe we could arrange something when I’m over in Ireland for Gormanston.