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.