Category Archives: Bee-keeping

A short-distance hive move

I’ve been needing to move a couple of colonies from my old apiary site on one side of the house to a new site on the other side of the house for a while and planned to have it all … Continue reading

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BBKA Module exam bemusement

A few years after I’d started keeping bees I took the first of the BBKA’s exam modules (Module 1 – Honey Bee Management). It felt quite a struggle at the time as circumstances meant that two of us had to … Continue reading

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Honey extraction (part 3)

I think I’ve found the electrical fault — looks like the heater element in the uncapping tray has died — possibly shorting neutral to earth. A quick check shows it to be in its eleventh year, so perhaps I can’t … Continue reading

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Honey extraction (part 2)

Sometimes life just doesn’t want to do you any favours 🙂 I started extracting the rest of my honey this morning. By lunchtime I only had eleven more frames to process. I shut up the shed and came in for … Continue reading

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Honey extraction day

Today was intended to be honey extraction day. For once I was hoping that the weather wouldn’t be warm enough for bees and wasps to want to be about, but it didn’t happen and things just went downhill from there, … Continue reading

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One more swarm

I can stagger about a bit now the antibiotics are having an effect, so this afternoon I was doing odd jobs in the garden to stave off the boredom and when I was taking my shoes off to come in … Continue reading

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And another!

I’m wondering if there’s a wild colony somewhere around here, as this group had settled well away from my own hives. Unfortunately it was also about ten metres up in a sycamore tree so there was no way I could … Continue reading

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A second swarm

My daughter woke me this morning to tell me that another swarm had arrived. I’ve no idea where it came from, but the bees were still in the air when I got to a window and were clearly starting to … Continue reading

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First swarm of the season

On the first warm, dry day for weeks, I had noticed a higher level of activity than normal around the entrance to one of my hives, but I’ve not been opening the hives up when it’s been so cold and … Continue reading

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Veg plot 2020, #9 and bees moving house

[21st June] Somehow I ran out of time to spend more than a few minutes in the veg plot today 🙁 Too many other things to get done. The compost heap had “sunk” about nine inches since last weekend, but … Continue reading

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