Monthly Archives: May 2016

ANOTHER APPRENTICE!

A few days ago I went to check my hive in an orchard at Seaborough, which is on a hill above the River Axe near the Somerset border.  Unusually, the owners and their family/friends were there, I suppose because it … Continue reading

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FOLLOWING THE WILD BEES

That’s the title of another book I’ve just been sent for review by Princeton University Press.  It’s by Tom Seeley and it is about the craft and science of bee hunting.  I remember reading a book about this decades ago, … Continue reading

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ANOTHER APPRENTICE?

I’m just back from Church at Toller Fratrum where services are very rare as the building has been ‘privatised’.  There was nearly a score of us which must almost equal the population of the parish although many of us were … Continue reading

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RIP DAVID LOO

I’m just back from a long day, the important feature of which was the funeral of my friend and fellow beekeeper, David Loo at Newton St Cyres, a village to the west of Exeter, well over an hour’s drive from … Continue reading

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DRONE CONGREGATION AREAS WITH DARG

I’m just back from a meeting of DARG, the Devon Apicultural Research Group, held in East Devon BKA’s spacious hut on a farm in the outskirts of Axminster.  Numbers were a little fewer than expected, 10, including some East Devon … Continue reading

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SILENT SPARKS

Princeton University Press has sent me another book to review.  This one is nothing to do with bees: SILENT SPARKS is about the Wondrous World of Fireflies and is by Sara Lewis. It’s a brilliant book!  Although written by a … Continue reading

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AN APPRENTICE’S APPRENTICE

I had a call from my former apprentice, Nicky, whom I seldom see nowadays, although we had fun last year garnering a swarm that had established a nest on a branch of a tree with a long drop below.  She, … Continue reading

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