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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

Today the Devon Apicultural Research Group met at Newton Abbot BKA’s apiary in their lovely off-grid shed heated by a log fire and electrified by solar panels and battery.  I made a brief diversion en route to call in at … Continue reading

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YET ANOTHER HIVE!

While I was away on holiday I received an email from a friend, Ken, asking for help for a lady in his village who has found 2 hives in the jungle at the end of her garden and she wanted … Continue reading

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BEES IN A HOUSE

Today I carried out a job as a member of our local Country Cars group by driving to the next village, Toller Porcorum, to pick up a lady to take to the Hospital at Dorchester for an appointment.   She … Continue reading

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BEETRADEX

I attended Beetradex at Stoneleigh for the first time yesterday.  Conveniently, it was almost exactly half way between where I had been on holiday in soggy Lancashire and home (where there was 75mm of rain in my absence).  The BBKA … Continue reading

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POTATO DAY

It was the annual potato day in the Village Hall where people can buy as few or as many seed potatoes as they wish from the umpteen varieties available.  There were also seeds, plants and other garden stuff for sale. … Continue reading

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IT’S ASIAN HORNET TIME!

I’m just back from a BKA meeting in Dorchester at which we were given an illustrated talk on Asian hornets and how to trap them and each issued with a trap, supplied by Thornes.  We were also given instructions on … Continue reading

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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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