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GORMANSTON 2019 – Part 3

Monday morning. I got up at 6.30, the morning sun rising over the distant sea.  I went down and outside briefly.  I tried to use my tablet computer and mobile phone to catch up with facebook and emails without success. … Continue reading

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GORMANSTON 2019 – Part 2

After dinner, I needed some exercise so I strolled around the grounds, first checking that the bees were still flying from the Castle wall, then going down the yew ‘tunnel’.  I walked towards the Stamullen road, pausing to photograph and … Continue reading

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GORMANSTON 2019 -Part 1

On Friday, 11th August the alarm got me up at 6. I had already packed and prepared breakfast and so was on the road at 7.45 to get to Jan Stuart’s at Colaton Raleigh, arriving at 8.55. The weather was … Continue reading

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TWO FUNERALS IN ONE DAY!

The first was of Ray Mitchell whom I first met at a folk music session at The Chequers (now Tom Brown’s) in Dorchester in 1964 and at various others sessions since then.  We both worked at County Hall and lived … Continue reading

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HEALTHY BEES DAY

About 80 members of the Dorset BKA gathered at Shillingstone Village Hall for a 6 hour session with 4 Bee Inspectors who, between them, brought us up to date with bee pests and diseases and what to do about them. … Continue reading

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DRONE CONGREGATION AREAS

Today was another DARG (Devon Apicultural Research Group) meeting, this time at East Devon BKA’s luxurious bee shed near Axminster (they’ve even got a toilet now, much to the relief of one of the ladies who has had trouble with … Continue reading

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KEEP PORTLAND WEIRD!

You see that slogan all over the island and also on car windscreen stickers.  There’s a reason for it: weird things do happen there (besides some of the natives having tails). Yesterday, on a tour of some of my apiaries … Continue reading

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