Dorchester Show is a 2 day event: 1st and 2nd September this year. I went today to form part of the team setting up the Dorchester & Weymouth BKA tent. Well, not exactly setting up, as it had already been erected by the professionals, but putting up tables and shuffling them under the direction of Show Secretary, Sally Leslie.
Tomorrow I shall get up early so I can dash around the show for an hour or three, meeting a pal at noon for a pint and a pasty and then spending the rest of the day behind an information desk and observation hive in the bee tent. If I can find something to put them in, I think I’ll take along some Varroa to show people.
It’ll be interesting to spent time with an observation hive. I did this a few years ago at the Bath & West Show. I saw bees dancing and, by interpreting the direction of the waggle section compared with the direction of the sun, deduced that the bees were feeding from a clump of sycamores about a quarter of a mile away. As time passed by, I could see the angle of the waggle dance move in an anticlockwise direction to compensate for the clockwise movement of the sun.
I’ve taken along a batch of the honey from Portland for sale. I hope it all goes!
Whilst at the showground this afternoon I took the opportunity to borrow a long spirit level from one of our number, a builder. I used to to sight across the tops of the towers of St George’s and St Peter’s Churches, which are the biggest part of a mile apart. The height of their towers appears to be identical: accident or design?