Labelling the mini jars of honey and feral highrise colony


Tuesday is our regular inspection day at Hughenden Manor.  As winter approaches, opening the hive is rare unless it is really warm but we do need to feed them so they can successfully overwinter.  Our team came with an assortment of bottles that looked to the uninitiated as though they could contain water.  That was the sugar syrup they had mixed up ready to feed the bees.  Two of the team fed the bees and then we decamped so we could clean the outside of the honey jars (honey is so sticky it seems to spread everywhere) and then add labels.

Janet and Olwyn sorting the jars..

Janet and Olwyn sorting the jars..

We had a small production line to manage the labelling – why oh why did I not take a close up of a jar?

I actually published the above to my own blog when I meant that bit to go to the Hughenden Buzz blog.  Never mind.

We have a feral colony of bees in a tall tree we can see from the Beekeeping store and meeting room.  I say ‘WE’ – but I seem to be the last one to know about it.  However, I am very impressed with their abode.  The entrance is very high and their view must be wonderful.

......Ray polishes the outside (and chats)

……Ray polishes the outside (and chats)

Autumn colours start to show near apiary

Feral colony seen from stableyard

Feral colony seen from stableyard

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About apiarylandlord

Definitely past it - whatever it was - I may have blinked and missed it. New to beekeeping and totally entranced by the experience. That is probably all you need to know until I work out how secure this blog is. Great fan of recycling - see ilovefreegle.org to find your local group. Save things from landfill. Pass on your surplus, locally, for free or ask for things you need in case you can have someone's cast off again for free.
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2 Responses to Labelling the mini jars of honey and feral highrise colony

  1. Love the mini jars of honey. We did this with our crop last year – it makes the honey go a long way! 🙂

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