Paparazzi and bees

The long winter wait was over. Several days of fine sunny weather, temperatures creeping up to 15oC, and essential for a hobby beekeeper, it was a weekend! I couldn’t be happier. Out in the orchard I lit the smoker, put on my bee suit and started laying out all the things I’d need by the… Continue reading Paparazzi and bees

Pining for bees

“Come out and play” I plead. An odd bee flies out to investigate who is tramping around their hive. And, an odd bee flies in.  What’s this on its hind legs? Pollen! Beekeepers can get excited by such small things and pollen is exceptionally small; a grain of daffodil pollen weighs about 50μm.  It is… Continue reading Pining for bees

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Christmas present (for bees)

Yesterday evening I abandon my couch, cosy fire and my Christmas tree sparkling with a million coloured lights, to brave the dark and cold to go Christmas shopping for my bees.  Bees have been so active because of the recent mild weather that the bees are getting through their stores of food fast, too fast.… Continue reading Christmas present (for bees)

Storm prep

Splish, splosh, slide and glide, we sloshed or way through the mud visible in the headlights of my stationary car. The wind was picking up and a job that I could have done last weekend or even weeks before, had been left of course to the last minute. The storm was imminent. “Don’t shine the… Continue reading Storm prep

Amoeba

I’ve got maybe a wee bit carried away. I had a brainwave and an enabler (what more can anyone want), so we rigged up a contraption so that I could make 10-13 moulded beeswax candles at a time instead of 1 or 2. Oh, the excitement of it all!   Morning and evening (in between… Continue reading Amoeba

Bees on Ivy

“Bees on Ivy”, This was my first published photograph, and it was chosen as the front cover photo for a beekeeping magazine. I was so proud. It was only after it was published and circulated across the globe that it was pointed out that the featured insects were not honeybees! Nope, they were not even… Continue reading Bees on Ivy

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Protected

My hives are well protected again these days. A fine drizzle was making up its mind whether to stop or not and the long grass and brambles now covering the pile of stones were well and truly wet. I had three choices:  Walk away and come back another day – The sensible thing to do.… Continue reading Protected

Protest

I ran through the protesters to my shed. If they could carry placards, they’d read: Return what’s ours!    Our hives, our honey! Beekeepers are criminals! Robber! The buzzing is like a low rev of an engine. It’s October, it’s not even warm, where did all these bees come from? The meagre bit honey in… Continue reading Protest

Hives of horror!

Gee, it’s some savagery. Bee keeping is husbandry and all the distasteful tasks that goes with that word but I know some beekeepers who approach hives like a ninja or a tai chi guru. Their walk, their movements, even their talk, flows gently. Their bees seem to appreciate this. I’ve also seen beginner beekeepers who… Continue reading Hives of horror!

Honey attraction

Within 60 seconds they were crawling with bees! I had my back turned when the plastic box, a few supers and broken frames that had dribbles of honey left over from extracting was put out in the back yard during the clean-up the following day.  I had forgotten to mention that putting anything with honey… Continue reading Honey attraction

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