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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".

DARG AND BEYOND

On Sunday I went to a DARG meeting at North Devon’s apiary in the middle of nowhere, down a 2 mile lane with vegetation brushing both wing mirrors. My sat nav got me to the post code just as I … Continue reading

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I’M ON FILM!

About 18 months ago, in the depths of winter, my son, Charlie who is a director/producer/cameraman came to familiarise himself with a new camera by spending the day going around some of my apiaries with me.  He has now edited/reduced … Continue reading

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BATTY BUT BRAVE BLONDE BEEGINNER!

There seem to be a lot of bees in the title for some reason.  I was about to go out to do some guerilla gardening this afternoon when the phone rang.  The young lady on the other end told me … Continue reading

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SWISS ARMY HIVE TOOL

Yesterday I needed to fit spacers onto the end of top bars which had already been in use and had a good coating of propolis.  I found the tin opener blade of my Swiss army knife most useful in dislodging … Continue reading

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DRONING ON.

  We had another DARG session at East Devon BKA’s apiary close to Axminster.  This time the theme was drone congregation areas and how to find them.  There were 14 of us there at the peak with some coming and … Continue reading

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ELECTION DAY BEE TALK

My alarms got me up at 5.30 in the morning on Election Day and at 6.15 I was at the Saville Hall at Cattistock , a couple of miles up the road to get the place transformed into a Polling Station for … Continue reading

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MITE ON PUPA

Looking at a varroa floor a few weeks ago I found this: It’s the head of a bee at the pupal stage with a Varroa mite on it!  The bees may be showing signs of hygienic behaviour by detecting mites … Continue reading

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