Category Archives: Bee-keeping

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

Posted in Bee-keeping, Smallholding | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Bee-keeping, Smallholding | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Bee-keeping, Smallholding | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Bee-keeping, Smallholding | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Bee-keeping, Smallholding, Veg plot | Leave a comment

One of the more unusual bee swarms I have collected

I received a phone call from a local chap who said he had a swam of bees that had just settled in a rusty 45 gallon drum in his yard and could I take them away because they were actually … Continue reading

Posted in Bee-keeping, Smallholding | Tagged | Leave a comment

One blew over the hornet’s nest

I had a stack of hive brood chambers containing old comb that I was going to melt down. It must have been bumped by a deer or something like that, which left room for some hornets to get in and … Continue reading

Posted in Bee-keeping, Smallholding | Tagged | Leave a comment

Two swarms for the price of one

This evening I somewhat unexpectedly picked up two swarms of bees. The first was the prime swarm I think, hanging about in the top of an elder tree and not amused with me when I knocked them out of it. … Continue reading

Posted in Bee-keeping, Smallholding | Tagged | Leave a comment

And they still don’t…

Hoping that 9pm would be late enough for the bees not to be interested in leaving the hives I went out and started mowing again, only to find them pouring out onto the front faces of the hives almost immediately. … Continue reading

Posted in Bee-keeping, Smallholding | Leave a comment

Honey bees don’t like suede

Or so it would appear… This afternoon I’ve been mowing the grass where I walk into the apiary. I always wear my bee suit when I do this just in case, though I’ve never had a major issue with the … Continue reading

Posted in Bee-keeping, Smallholding | Leave a comment