Monthly Archives: June 2014

A BUSY BUZZY DAY

Our LETS (Local Exchange Trading System) group had a gathering today at Ourganics, a 5 acre permacultural holding on former water meadow at Litton Cheney where my friend, Pat, has lived ‘off grid’ for about 15 years. I have kept … Continue reading

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A CHAMPAGNE MOMENT

My portable, wireless, telephone has been playing up today so I took it to the phone shop in Dorchester and left it there while a young person waved a magic wand so that, half an hour later, it was working … Continue reading

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KEEP PORTLAND WEIRD!

The heading to this post is seen on many car stickers etc around the Island.  Obviously the local bees have been reading and following it! I have an apiary in Easton in a corner of a paddock next to a … Continue reading

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TWO APPRENTICES FOR THE PRICE OF ONE!

Yesterday I had a call from my apprentice, Rosie.  She’s the one who called me to attend to a swarm in her garden last year, watched me insert a bare hand into it and, unprotected, did the same: her first … Continue reading

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BUCKFAST AND AFTER

This morning I drove to Sarah’s and transferred the new Top Bar Hive from the back of my car to the back of hers and she drove us on to Buckfast for the DARG meeting.  We were a bit thin … Continue reading

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THE TWICE COLLECTED SWARM

There I was at home, avoiding the solar flare by having a tidy up, when the phone rang.  There was a swarm in a garden in Sydling, a village in the next valley to me.  I put some socks on … Continue reading

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SOME PEOPLE NEVER LEARN!

I’ve done it again! Not nearly as badly this time though, and I have a different apprentice, Sarah, who will do the handling for me. Done what?  Read this poem, written 8 years ago, which will tell you all about … Continue reading

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