Bee keeping forums are a-buzz with beekeepers telling us that they are stacking up supers on their hives which the bees are filling wall-to-wall with honey. Novice beekeepers in contrast, are pleading with their peers for advice and wondering if their hives too should be spilling over with honey now and if not, what are… Continue reading Gone fishing
Handing over my last precious jars of honey of the season to an eager customer I stand inside the door of a pub for the first time since March 2020. It had been shut to business due to Covid for 16 full months. I can hardly believe it’s been that long. Many a good foot-stomping,… Continue reading What do you put in a bait hive?
He: “We have visitors!” Me: Puzzled silence. “They’ve brought their luggage and moved in!” He continued quickly. Me: “Wow!” Penny dropping. “A swarm. Which box?” “They were very loud. It was like an airplane directly over my head.” He said excitedly ignoring my question. “I looked up and there was a massive amount of bees… Continue reading Bee-loud glade
As I pace up and down the pavement and I wonder if I too have a wire loose. Is there something wrong with the wiring of my brain that I became a hobbyist beekeeper? I would not even have consider getting a tow bar put on my trusty steed if I didn’t have beehives to… Continue reading Loose wire
It’s not that I consciously thought this at the time of my minor infringement, that the rules don’t apply to me. I don’t know if anyone does when they breach the written or unwritten rules, guidelines, recommendations or good advice of life. The brain tries to protect us, we get this flash, a fleeting warning,… Continue reading The rules don’t apply to me…
So many have said to me that they would like to help the bees and some even want to take up beekeeping which, if you really think before you leap, is a bit daunting and expensive. It’s not all about honeybees you know. In fact, too may beehives in an area can dominate the eco… Continue reading It’s not all about honeybees