Our Blog: Beekeeping

Success at last

If there are any readers of this blog out there then I apologise for the inordinate delay since the last posting.  My only excuse is that it has been a busy year. This is the 3rd year I have been keeping bees and yet again it has not been a straight forward year.  In the […]

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Could my bees be dope addicts?

I have been a bit worried about my bees.  Who spread the myth that beekeeping was a relaxing hobby?  I lie in bed worried about mine.  The Summer is drawing to a close and my bees are in a race against time to forage for and lay down sufficient stores to see them through the […]

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The Pollen Convoy

Sometimes I could watch bees all day.  I took this photograph at about 11 am one daythis week and there were hundreds of bees queuing to enter the hive to offload their cargo.  It was busier than Battersea Heliport.  I was reminded of a cartoon of burglars wearing black striped jumpers joyfully carrying off their […]

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Why are my bees so stingy?

I am not suggesting my new bees are mean but they do seem ungrateful.  Last week I conducted my first hive inspection of the new colony and three bees immediately stung me – through my glove and on the same finger joint too. Fortunately the glove spared me most of the pain but bee stings […]

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We’re back in buzziness

At last we have a colony of bees again.  Sadly we were not alone in losing our bees to starvation this past winter.  It was such a wet spring and summer last year that the poor bees could not get out enough to forage for food to build up the winter stores. To make a […]

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May they rest in peace

They say that the real examination for a new beekeeper is to keep your colony of bees alive over your first winter. On this criteria I regret to report that I have failed. As yesterday was the first day of the year for the temperature to hit double figures I thought it timely to conduct […]

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The Sting in the Tale of Beekeeping!

There is a saying among beekeepers that you are not a proper beekeeper until you have been stung.  On that basis I have just passed my apprenticeship.  Last night I showed Hilary my hive and stupidly removed the top of it to show her the bees within.  Neither of us was wearing protective clothing as […]

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We regret to announce …

Unfortunately, the past 3 weeks of beekeeping have not been trouble free and I have lost Laura, my queen.  The fault is all mine and stems from my decision to purchase a Langstroth hive rather than the more common hive for amateur beekeepers, the Modified National Hive. Without being too technical, after a week I […]

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The bees are here.

Have you heard the buzz?  We now have our own hive of bees.  With the kind assistance of Laura, one of my instructors from Preston Beekeepers, our first colony of bees arrived this morning.  They are now settling into their new home.  Unfortunately, after all the splendid weather we have had for the past few […]

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