I spent the first part of the evening at the Colliton Club in Dorchester where the local BKA had an informal agenda-free gathering for a beer and a natter about bees and anything else that crossed our minds. I learned that there’s a new shop selling bee stuff within a furlong of this keyboard! It got very noisy after the first hour as a skittles match was taking place close by and the raucous chanting and ribaldry made conversation difficult. I think there were about 14 of us there: not a bad turnout.
Before heading to Dorchester I grabbed an old envelope and used the back of it to write a list of things to pack when I got home. This I have now done. I’m off to the BBKA Convention at Harper Adams farm institute/agricultural college/university early in the morning – a 4 hour drive to which I’m not looking forward. I hope to get there in time for the 1.30 lecture and those following.
There is also a trade hall where I might be tempted to spend money, but I don’t have a shopping list. Saturday is lectures all day, which I am choosing rather than the workshops. Sunday morning is the BIBBA AGM and another lecture. Then comes the long drive home. I might choose, weather and the lady in my navigation device permitting, to veer via Wales on the way home as it’s prettier than Birmingham!