Monthly Archives: August 2015

GORMANSTON 2015 -Part 9: Wednesday afternoon

After lunch (onion soup, fried breadcrumbed turkey breast, chips etc) I headed in a different direction to the usual one: to the video room where an amusing German lady, Renate Wapenhensch spoke about MAQS formic acid strips, giving a review … Continue reading

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GORMANSTON 2015 – Part 8: Wednesday morning

I was in bed soon after 11 on Tuesday evening and got off to sleep fairly promptly despite late arrivals from the pub in the early hours.  I did wake a couple of times and found the annual snoring competition … Continue reading

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GORMANSTON 2015: Tuesday post meridian

Lunchtime was the usual queue for soup, meat, chips and vegetables and then it was back to the Assembly Hall for the next lecture in Bee Health Day: Eoghan Mac Giolla Coda (Owen McGillycuddy) on AFB and EFB.  This was … Continue reading

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GORMANSTON 2015 – Part 7: Tuesday morning

After a good night’s sleep I got up very early, completing my ablutions before 7am!  I could have had a lie in but Her Claireiness has ordered we choristers to be on parade by 7.30am tomorrow so I thought it … Continue reading

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GORMANSTON 2015: Part 6 – Monday evening

After dinner was the first of the lecturers’ exams. The candidate was Patrick Lundy and his chosen subject was a very brief history of beekeeping.  I sat right at the back of the hall so I could sneak out to … Continue reading

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GORMANSTON 2015 – Part 5: Monday afternoon

Lunch was soup, burger, chips, new potatoes and mixed vegetables. I sat opposite a 12 year old girl who lives 17 floors up in New York city!  She doesn’t (yet!) keep bees. Her uncle and cousin, also sat close by, … Continue reading

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GORMANSTON 2015 – Part 4: Monday morning

Despite alcohol and tiredness, I slept badly, suffering from ‘strange bed syndrome’ and, although wearing eye mask and ear plugs, I managed only about 3 hours out of 8 asleep.  Although we were told that this was their busiest year, … Continue reading

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