Monthly Archives: May 2013

BEES ALWAYS GO WHERE BEES HAVE BEEN BEFORE

I was out for a country walk this afternoon when my portable telephone rang.  It was my apprentice, ZoeAnn, whose voice came over the aether.  She it was who obtained her first bees from a barn on her estate using … Continue reading

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FIRST SWARM OF THE SEASON!

There I was yesterday afternoon, at Hooke Woods, just about to go and chill among the bluebells when the phone bleeped. It was Jenny, our BKA secretary, who wanted somebody to take a swarm, possibly with an audience of beginners. … Continue reading

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GETTING AN APPRENTICE GOING

The day, for a change, being fine, I went to Ourganics at Litton Cheney where I have a Top Bar Hive. I took with me a National 4 frame nucleus box with wire mesh stapled across the entrance. Working from … Continue reading

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ROYAL JELLY

I tasted Royal Jelly, still warm from the bees, this morning and wasn’t very impressed!  I went to the Mill.  The owner and her builders weren’t there so I had to burgle my way round to the back of the … Continue reading

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SONNET

SUMMER’S COMING   It’s just four weeks until the longest day. I’ll tell my friends: “The nights be  drawin’ in.” While farmers try to take a crop of hay, Wet  Summer will be on us once again. The flow’rs are … Continue reading

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OPEN GARDEN DAY

I was asked to stooge around at a National Garden Scheme open garden in Dorchester this afternoon, together with my friend Sally, who must have been keeping bees about as long as I have, her Dad having been a beekeeper. … Continue reading

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GETTING BEES FROM A WALL

My apprentice, Gill, contacted me as she wants to learn how to do this.  As I’m currently extracting a colony from what the builders tell me is a solid brick and flint wall at the Corn Store of the old … Continue reading

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