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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 PREPARATION FOR ASIAN HORNETS

We had a DARG (Devon Apicultural Research Group) meeting today at the Village Hall at Uplowman, near Tiverton.  Our usual meeting room was packed with a score of us, the numbers having been swollen by a contingent from South Devon … Continue reading

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THE SECRETS OF MEDICINAL APITHERAPY

‘A journey into the healing hive’ was the subject of a talk by Dr Genny Brierly that I attended at Whitchurch Canonicorum in the murky depths of West Dorset last night. It was hosted by West Dorset combined with East … Continue reading

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OXALIC WORKS!

As it’s been so warm lately I have been reluctant to apply the annual oxalic treatment as the bees aren’t clustered so I have no idea how much to apply.  Usually it’s 5cc per seam. I made some fresh solution … Continue reading

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QUEEN SURVIVAL

I went on holiday recently and, anticipating correctly a week of foul weather and short days, took with me my colony record cards.  As the colony is led by the queen there is a fresh card for each queen.  I’ve … Continue reading

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DARG DAY on AMM

Once again we had a meeting of DARG (Devon Apicultural Research Group) at the village hall at Uplowman, near Tiverton.  There were 14 of us plus our guest speaker, Victoria Buswell  (not buzz well!) of Plymouth University.  As usual, we … Continue reading

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BEES VS PEOPLE REVIEWED!

A few days ago, at a folk session at the Convivial Rabbit micropub (which is in the Good Beer Guide) local journalist and musician Jerry Bird gave me a copy of the latest edition of Merry Meet, his journal of folklore … Continue reading

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DARG AGM

Today, the 3rd of November, was the Annual General Meeting of the Devon Apicultural Research Group attended by 2 dozen people from as far apart as Cambridge and the USA, the American being Keith Delaplane who was our guest. We … Continue reading

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