Monthly Archives: May 2012

AS IF BY MAGIC AN APPRENTICE APPEARED!

An advert appeared on Freecycle offering a mitre saw.  Tools! You can’t have too many tools (it’s a boy thing). Even better, the person lives in my village.  I flashed off a ‘yes please’.  I must have been first as … Continue reading

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AND SO THE WHEEL GOES ROUND…

A couple of years ago I answered a swarm call from the people in a big country house in Broadmayne. Bees were flying from under the eaves in an inaccessible corner 3 floors up. It was thought that they’d been … Continue reading

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BUZZY DAY

I went to Hardy’s birthplace at Bockhampton this morning by arrangement with Caps, my apprentice there, to take a nucleus from the apiary and take it to Hardy’s deathplace, Max Gate, to establish an apiary there also. Harriet, the gatekeeper, … Continue reading

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GOAL!!!!!

I was called yesterday morning to a swarm at Max Gate, Thomas Hardy’s old home. There wasn’t a swarm, but lots of bees were investigating every crook and nanny about the place. Due to inferior architecture and building, there are … Continue reading

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TOP BAR HIVE

I checked my TBH at Ourganics, Litton Cheney, a couple of days ago and was astonished to find it nearly full with brood end to end.  It’s never been as prosperous as this before and yet the season has been … Continue reading

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ELDER!

I’m seeing elderflowers everywhere. They’re a month early! Why?  I haven’t bottled last year’s elderflower wine (5 gallons!) yet.

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REMARKABLE QUEEN

I went to Bockhampton this morning to help my apprentice, Caps, to make an artificial swarm on the hive she looks after at Thomas Hardy the third’s birthplace. The weather wasn’t ideal, being only about 54 degrees with intermittent light … Continue reading

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