Monthly Archives: July 2012

GORMANSTON – ABSENT FRIENDS

The Cock Tavern (reputedly) the oldest pub in Ireland has closed its doors and is up for sale, so I had to go across the road to The Huntsman to raise my first glass of Guinness from the bottle to … Continue reading

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ON THE WAY TO GORMANSTON

I’m breaking this year’s Gormanston experience into a short series of readable blocks. I suppose you could call them ‘chapters’. An old pal of mine (he taught me to drive in his E-type Jag getting on for half a century … Continue reading

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GORMANSTON HERE I COME!

Suitcase half packed. Bus timetables adjusted. Lift arranged to airport. Tickets printed. Arranged for cats to be fed and polytunnel watered. I shall be spending a couple of days with friends in Co.Galway and then heading for Gormanston to spend … Continue reading

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THE VALUE OF A SWARM

While delving in the County Record Office (now History Center) for something completely different, I came across these references to entries taken from the Court Rolls of the Manor of Fordington. 1349 Saturday after Martinmas (11th Nov) 23 Edward III … Continue reading

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HONEY FOR LUCY

I’m off to Ireland in a couple of days, first to spend time with friends in darkest Galway, and then to spend a week at Gormanston, about 20 miles north of Dublin with 300 other beekeepers at FIBKA’s annual Summer … Continue reading

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YES, WE HAVE NO-TORIETY!

Friday afternoon my phone rang. It was a reporter from the Sunday Times who was intending to do a piece on the effects on bees of the rain and floods. His internet surfing had taken him to my blog, thence … Continue reading

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BE-FLOODED HIVES

My TBH got through unscathed.   Pat’s WBC, however, was overturned:   Most of the bees were drowned and washed away, but the queen survived.

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