Monthly Archives: April 2013

R.I.P. NICK DUNKLEY

I’ve just got back from what was said to be the best wake this side of the Irish Sea.  I don’t attend enough to confirm whether this was so, but a quick head count showed at least 20 musicians playing … Continue reading

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THE BAIT HIVE

If you haven’t done so already, scroll back and read my post of a couple of weeks ago entitled ‘Chewing on Pi whilst driving’, which describes the bait hive I designed in my head.  I’ve made it now, more or … Continue reading

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APPRENTICES EVERYWHERE!

I probably have more apprentices than hives now.  Yesterday I visited the Incline Community Gardens and Orchard on Portland to discuss the future of the, currently beeless, apiary with the incoming and outgoing Chairladies and to be introduced to a … Continue reading

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“BEES DO NOTHING INVARIABLY”

The heading is a quote from Wedmore who, 81 years ago wrote his Manual of Beekeeping, which, in my opinion is still one of the best bee books.  I was pleased to get a first edition a while ago. Yesterday, … Continue reading

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MY HEAD HURTS!

I should have worn a hat to the Bee Auction yesterday as it was a glorious afternoon and I didn’t realise how strong the sun was.  There were 229 lots for sale; more than last year I think, when it … Continue reading

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IT’S DANDELION WINE TIME!

The first bluebells are out too!.. Once upon a time dandelion wine time was always about St George’s Day (23rd April) and, this year, it has almost returned there. Last year it was March 31st that the harvestable flush appeared, … Continue reading

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IT’S HARVEST TIME!

Yesterday, as the bees were flying well and bringing in sustenance I took a crop of surplus honey from my top bar hive on my friend Pat’s permacultural holding; ‘Ourganics’ at Litton Cheney.  One of the advantages of the TBH … Continue reading

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