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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".

ANOTHER DARG DAY

Driving up to the Quantock BKA’s apiary in sight of Wales today, I noticed that in Somerset the elder is in full bloom while home in Dorset it’s still at the green bud stage.  Is that because, being further north … Continue reading

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Sumer is i’cumin in!

We had our first warm sunny day today. It was a pleasure this morning to sit in the garden with my back to a cotoneaster abuzz with bees, both bumbles and honeybees.  A few were investigating an empty hive close … Continue reading

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WAILS ABOUT WALES!

I’m just back from a week in SW Wales on the border of Cardigan and Carmarthen and not far from Pembrokeshire in the little village of Hellan.  I was staying in a caravan in the yard of the winery of … Continue reading

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PLAN BEE

I mentioned a while ago that my TBH at Ourganics was apparently queenless and, if that proved to be the case, I would transfer a comb of young brood from another TBH a couple of miles up the road. That … Continue reading

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SMOKING

Recently there has been internet chat suggesting that smoking the entrance of a hive is a bad idea as it drives the bees inside and upsets them.  Instead, the hive should  have smoke wafted over the top of the frames … Continue reading

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ANOTHER AUCTION!

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 … Continue reading

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THAT WAS HARD WORK!

I had an unexpected gap in my diary this afternoon so I finished off my restored 20 year old Top Bar Hive by drilling holes in the supporting fence poles about a span down from the top and loading everything … Continue reading

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