Monthly Archives: March 2012

DANDELION WINE TIME!

Once again the big flush of dandelions is upon us as early as it was last year and about 3 weeks earlier than it always used to be back in the days when I actually made wine with them.  Last … Continue reading

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CRICKET AGAIN!

Once again, purely by coincidence, there’s cricket on the wireless while I’m extracting honey!  This is the comb honey I took from my Top Bar Hive at Ourganics at Litton Cheney a few days ago.  It’s so simple to harvest … Continue reading

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DARG

I was asked this afternoon by my unrelated namesake, Jim Slade, to test and evaluate some novel beekeeping apparatus he has invented. I agreed and he will send me some. I can’t describe it in detail as he hasn’t yet … Continue reading

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WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE YOUR SMOKER?

It was a lovely day for beekeeping. I drove to Frogmore, an organic farm a couple of miles away, to give my hive there its first inspection.  No smoker. I had it yesterday, I know I did.  A long drive … Continue reading

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OWWWW, I’VE BEEN STUNG!!!!!

I examined 8 hives this afternoon without wearing gloves and the only sting I got was from a queen wasp I was squashing!  I’m allergic to wasp stings. Not only was it very painful, but also my trigger finger has … Continue reading

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FIRST INSPECTION

I went to Thomas Hardy’s birthplace at Bockhampton today where I mentor the Head Gardener, Caps, in her care of the bees that were foisted on her by the BBC/National Trust. There are 2 hives in the apiary, a National … Continue reading

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BEEGINNERS’ EVENING

The Dorchester & Weymouth BKA had a session for would-bee beekeepers this evening.  We were each instructed to bring along a piece of kit and talk about it to anybody interested.  Mine was the nucleus box. I also collected the … Continue reading

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