Tag Archives: hive

It has been a while …Floriade, be a bee, geocaching all comes together

My visit to Floriade and subsequent excitement following the tagged bees has been documented before.  My ‘friends’ Wilke and Marjon, and Naomi and Jenny and their trips to collect pollen or nectar occupied hours of my time.  I am not … Continue reading

Posted in Analysis of live bee data from tagged bees, Bee curious, Bee life, Educational opportunities, Forage, Fun events, Garden area, General beekeeping, Hughenden Manor Project | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Cyclical behaviour

In the 1800’s there was a period when beekeeping was common for most households. It helped crop yields in kitchen gardens and the sweetness of the honey was welcome when sugar was expensive. In WW2, the same sort of logic … Continue reading

Posted in Bee life, Garden area, WW2 | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Forget me nots

I started wondering whether the simple forget-me-nots around my hives were of any benefit to the bees.  Wikipeadia says yes for pollen and nectar – and they are the same family as borage. From The Wildlife Trusts website: Like many … Continue reading

Posted in Apiary layout, Forage, Forage plants, Garden area, General beekeeping | Tagged , , , , , | 6 Comments

Buying your hive

It is unfortunate that when you buy your first hive typically you don’t have the experience of the range of suppliers or practical hands on knowledge of the various types – you learn by your mistakes. My first hive was … Continue reading

Posted in Clothes and accessories, Costs, General beekeeping, Hive parts, Suppliers, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Increasing the army to save the bees

We love those companies who join us in spreading knowledge about our bees and help us spread the word about ways in which individuals can promote bee health and preservation.  In the UK the Co-operative has their Plan Bee website … Continue reading

Posted in Background, Bee curious, Bee life, Educational opportunities, General beekeeping, Natural world | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

This is too much of a puzzle for me.

I am trying to collate some more resources for the Meet the Beekeepers event at Hughenden Manor as well as making a cake for the Penn football tournament and trying William and Kate’s favourite chocolate refrigerator cake – as per … Continue reading

Posted in Bee curious, Educational opportunities, General beekeeping, Honey | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

This could have gone so wrong

Over the last month I had heard so many long term beekeepers explain swollen faces and worse by saying they had not intended to open the hive and then been tempted to do so. I vowed to learn from their … Continue reading

Posted in Background, Bee life, Clothes and accessories, Garden area, General beekeeping, Stings | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

A potted view of the Hughenden Manor apiary project

This project is detailed more fully on another blog It is a project that allows others to understand a little more about bees and beekeeping with options for those who cannot become beekeepers themselves or those who are tempted but … Continue reading

Posted in Background, Educational opportunities, General beekeeping, Hughenden Manor Project, The Team, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My first swarm collection

Well, they are not actually my swarm and I cannot claim much credit for the collection part either.  Len and Keith deserve all the credit for that – Keith’s foresight and Len’s confidence and agility deserving most credit.  The family … Continue reading

Posted in Apiary improvement, Bee life, General beekeeping, Hughenden Manor Project, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Planning apiary expansion

My apiary is a separate parcel of land at the bottom of the garden overlooking fields with grazing cows and facing south. Continue reading

Posted in Apiary improvement, Apiary layout | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment