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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".

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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GORMANSTON 2018 – Part 22 (the end)

At 11.30 on Friday was the closing ceremony. President Gerry Ryan thanked a long list of people in the team who made the event run so successfully.  There had been about 600 people there this year, including day visitors. Lots … Continue reading

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GORMANSTON 2018 – Part 21

The second lecture on Friday morning, following on from the first with no break was Plants for Bees by Mary Montaut. It was fast, lively and entertaining.  She told us that the best plants for bees are trees as they … Continue reading

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GORMANSTON 2018 – Part 20

Roger Patterson delivered the Dave Cushman memorial talk : The Journey to Sustainability.  To reduce several pages of notes to a sentence: Ban Imports! At 9pm the quiz started.  I was in a team with John, Mollie and Jill. John … Continue reading

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ANOTHER DARG DAY

We met this time at Uplowman village hall, near Tiverton in East Devon and had a good number of people from 3 or 4 counties.  The main subject of the day was hive hygiene but, as usual, we covered a … Continue reading

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GORMANSTON 2018 – Part 19

The lecture after tea on Thursday was Honey from Blossom to Jar by John Hendrie.  It was a very technical talk full of scientific details.  I took five pages of notes, some of which I can read.  I shall just … Continue reading

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