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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.

Thermal imaging for beehives – geeky or wise?

I’ve just been reading up about thermal imaging – in particular the FLIR camera lens for IOS. There is a great article here http://honeybeesuite.com/thermal-images-of-winter-bees/ – this blog from Rusty is so good that every beekeeper should read it – regularly.  … Continue reading

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More about hive monitoring

I am a volunteer for Hughenden Manor where I began solely as a beekeeper on an entirely volunteer run bee project and became a web editor and newsletter editor. We have a separate blog about the project on WordPress which … Continue reading

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BBC video – how tech can help the honeybee

Our volunteer bee project at Hughenden Manor has the Arnia hive equipment (apart from the scales) and we are still refining our ability to interpret the data. This little BBC video gives a useful overview. BBC video on tech in … Continue reading

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The memory is failing …

When I put on the supers earlier in the season, I was a little late and hoped that it would mean the colonies would delay any swarm ideas.  I am not obsessive about swarming.  Whe I did my course at … Continue reading

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Please help find Arnis Zalkalns

Originally posted on Adventuresinbeeland's Blog:
This is not beekeeping related, but I feel the need to write about it. A visitor to my local area might think we’re celebrating some kind of festival. Yellow ribbons festoon the lampposts and…

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Life really has got in the way of blog posts

Today I am going to have a catch up.  I started by reading some of my favourite blogs.  Rusty’s wisdom is always worth considering and this one about how much honey to leave for the bees is up to her … Continue reading

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Up Close and Personal with Chicken Little

Originally posted on The Song I Live By:
When I was a kid, I never understood Chicken Little.  I hated the way he ran around over reacting about something that wasn’t real.  But this week, I knew exactly how he…

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Another gem from Rusty – this time on laying workers

http://www.honeybeesuite.com/how-to-fix-a-laying-worker-hive/#comment-73998

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In bait hive style, I realise I have a lot to learn

Most beekeepers eventually have bad backs.  Mine was dodgy even before the beekeeping and my garden trolley does help me keep going.  But I don’t inspect if it is having a bad day or so which is why I decided … Continue reading

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Is this a Swiss Chalet for bees?

When beekeepers go on holiday, I am afraid they look out for local bees and local honey as well as taking time to admore the scenery. The first time I spotted what I was convinced was a Swiss version of … Continue reading

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