Category Archives: General beekeeping

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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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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Sheds glorious sheds

Our garden shed is probably an ancient monument.  It has been repaired numerous times, and the door widened as our mowers became wider in an effort to reduce the number of rows needed to finish the job.  I had tried … Continue reading

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Feeding time in the apiary

Autumn Feed time.  That means making syrup at winter strength to make up for any honey we have removed to ensure food stores for the winter and to encourage winter bee production. Something that is most bizarre is that supermarkets … Continue reading

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Ungrateful ladies

Today,  given the unusual heat and the fact that my previous very successful water source seemed to have a leak (Possibly a deer or a badger had a go at it?) the plan was a Mark 2 version.   The … Continue reading

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Grim statistics – and a few positive initiatives.

I belong to two beekeeping associations and the first one has written about the winter losses for 2012/2013 and put it in context over the last 5 years figures.  It is grim reading and reflects what I have heard from … Continue reading

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Bedlam revisited – successfully treated all hives now

If you are at all cowardly (and I admit I am) going back to  the scene of failure and a wee bit of scariness, is a hard step to take.  However, it had to be taken. I decided to wear … Continue reading

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Just a modicum of success and a beekeeping disaster

I’ve been waiting for a suitable opportunity to do the oxalic acid treatment and feed if necessary.  It has been very cold and damp but yesterday was to have a milder day with some sun.  I practised using the container … Continue reading

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A cake and a prize, both skep shaped.

I couldn’t resist buying a silicone cake mould in the shape of a skep. The resulting cake looked OK. And it wasn’t long before I heard I had won a prize – complete with my name engraved on it!   I … Continue reading

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Awe and wonder by the flowerful – not enough in our classrooms.

Ready for some awe and wonder?  Look here http://www.buzzaboutbees.net/pollination.html short videos of such beauty – if you are a teacher, try them as your students settle at the beginning of a lesson.  There is even one captioned in French for … Continue reading

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