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 rained. Richard Norman, auctioneer for the day, rattled through them at a rate of about about 1 every 40 seconds.
I spent £5 on a couple of bags of plastic buckets; £5 on a veil and suit (that I think is too small for me, but might fit an apprentice); £8 on a lump of beeswax weighing about 7 pounds that I hope to sell at a profit; £5 on a complete National hive; £12 on straight sided WBC type that is really just for show (although a National would fit inside it) and £1 on an eke that will be useful when Apiguarding etc.
Besides the thrill of the bidding for bargains, there was lots of fun, banter, camararderie, nattering, tea and biscuits. Apprentice, Gill told me that she has a Motherwort plant for me.
Anyway, enough of this blogging, I have fresh honey that, at 102.6 degrees F, is warm and runny enough to strain and bottle.