This afternoon was Dorchester & Weymouth BKA’s auction, presided over as usual by Chris Donaghy.  There were fewer items for sale than usual, 97 I think, with somewhat random numbers assigned to the lots.  57 people were there with numbered bidding cards, quite a few of whom had also been at last week’s West Dorset BKA’s auction. It seems odd and inefficient to have two auctions competing/overlapping. Perhaps we should cooperate and have a joint event.

I saw a chap from my village whom I didn’t know to be a beekeeper. I’ll keep an eye on his garden as I walk by to see if there are any fliers.

There was free tea and coffee with scones anointed with jam and cream with partakers being encouraged to make a donation to Bees for Development. I indulged twice, purely to support BfD, you understand.

My bidding succeeded with Lot No. 192, a National hive for £20; Lot No. 214, a National hive of which the roof owes a lot to duct tape for £15; Lot No. 215 a 5 frame nucleus/travelling box for £3.  These are now occupying yet more space in my garden until I can shift them to an apiary. First I must find and assemble a lot of frames and use up some of my stash of ancient foundation.  I ought to make the effort to do so this coming week so I can make up any shortfall by buying more at the BBKA Convention next weekend.


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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