After using my spade for 40 years, I broke the shaft recently. I must be getting stronger!  On my way back from Yeovile today I saw signs advertising a car boot sale so drove in hoping to find an affordable replacement.  As I got out of the car in the massive car park, the woman in the next car told her companion: ‘This is Chris Slade: he keeps bees in Maiden Newton’.  I know her face but can’t put a name to it.

It turned out that the companion is her Father, who also keeps bees!  I asked him where, as he didn’t have a local accent.  He has 40 hives in Queensland!  So, of course, we got talking and he was interested in whether I feed my bees as he has heard that the practice over here is to rob the bees blind and feed them syrup.  I assured him that I don’t normally feed my bees at all.  Neither does he as, normally, there is year round forage for bees.

No, I didn’t find a spade. I saw somebody walking round with one they’d bought that maybe I’d have been able to snap up if I hadn’t been talking!


About chrissladesbeeblog

I have been keeping bees since 1978 and currently have about a dozen hives. I am a member of the BBKA where for many years I represented Dorset at the Annual Delegates' Meeting. I am the co-author (with Dave MacFawn of of S. Carolina) of "Getting the Best from Your Bees" and am working on a book of my own poems : "Bee People".
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