Monthly Archives: August 2017

GORMANSTON 2017 – Part 7

After a break for tea and biscuits I went to the second lecture of Monday afternoon: John Hendrie on Senses of the Honeybee.  This was an interesting subject and well presented and I took copious notes.  Let’s see how well … Continue reading

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GORMANSTON 2017 – Part 6

After the workshop it was time for lunch, which was almost the same as last night’s dinner: soup, chicken and circular chips.  After lunch I sought a quiet spot to write up these notes and it was only when I … Continue reading

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GORMANSTON 2017 – Part 5

After coffee, I headed across the way to a workshop (we didn’t do any work!) on  Queen Rearing Using a Cloake Board by Mark Newenham. A Cloake Board is a rim the size of a crown board into which you … Continue reading

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GORMANSTON 2017 – Part 4

The first lecture I attended, starting at 9.30 on Monday morning, was Dennis Ryan on Harvesting the Crop.  I took a page of barely legible notes.  It’s very difficult to keep up when you’re noting what the last powerpoint slide … Continue reading

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GORMANSTON 2017 – Part 3

I got up early, about 7am , and headed for the ablutions. When I went to take a shower I met Eleanor Attridge who claimed that they were the ladies’ showers and there was a sign saying so. I checked … Continue reading

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GORMANSTON 2017 – Part 2

We booked in and were each given a file containing a notebook, a programme for the week, leaflets and catalogues and a half-inch thick paperback book entitled: GORMANSTON The Summer Course in Beekeeping A HISTORY by Jim Ryan. There was also a strap … Continue reading

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GORMANSTON 2017 Part 1

My notes made at this year’s Gormanston extend over 61 pages of the shorthand notebook that I was given on arrival. Some of my notes are legible and I hope to do a series of blogs about the activities and … Continue reading

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