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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".

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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BEES DO NOTHING INVARIABLY

I’m just back from visiting my TBH at Ourganics, a 5 acre permaculture project a couple of miles upstream from the one I visited yesterday, hoping to harvest some more honey.  They have plenty of honey but scattered among lots … Continue reading

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IT’S HARVEST TIME!

At long long last we’ve had a couple of warm and sunny days and so I thought I’d open a hive.  I don’t open a hive on the first sunny day as their undisturbed foraging etc is more important than … Continue reading

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SKYFALL!

This morning I ventured into the mysterious far west of Dorset to the village of Marshwood, then down a furlong of humpy bumpy track to Skyfall Farm where West Dorset BKA had decided to hold an auction, a week before … Continue reading

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