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Broken Phone Art : “Bee”

I shut my mobile in the car door last weekend. “Broken Phone Art” was born ! Here's the prototype image: “Bee”.

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Elixir

It’s time to think about honey, now that August is going out in a blaze of glory and September's honey-harvest is fast approaching. But let’s not lift the lid on the conventional toast-and-butter outcome just yet. There’s more to that jar of golden honey than meets the eye.

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In The Apiary : Late August : Prize-Giving

It was all posh frocks and minding your ps and qs in the Bermondsey Street Apiary in late August. Not flustered, exactly, but the Bermondsey Street Bees were delicately enervated. You see, a visitor is a rarity on their Bermondsey Street roof-top and here were two coming along all at once: Sophia and James Hill.

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Assassin Alert

No need to panic, but a "credible sighting" of the Asian Hornet has been reported close to Maidstone, Kent. This prolific honeybee assassin has been at large in France for several years and it has been feared that it would only be matter of time before it crossed the Channel.

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The Sweet Spot

It’s late in the season, but the Bermondsey Street Bees are still bringing in nectar – thanks to the efforts of local urban gardeners like Ian Mould. Ian is head gardener at Potters Fields by Tower Bridge (ably assisted by Albert, his pug!) and he has planned in lots of sequential planting, prolonging the forage season. Potters Fields may be in Boris Johnson’s City Hall back yard, but I like to think of it as Ian and Albert’s front room!

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BLink: Bee Sky Bee Or Bee Bee Cee?

Last year, I came back from holiday to find that a satellite dish had been installed directly on top of White's Hive, making access to the hive impossible. My delightful neighbours were aghast that their contractors had been so inconsiderate and they swiftly resolved the problem.

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BLink: Bees In The City

An awful lot of poppycock has been written about urban bees by people who should know better (or, more reprehensibly, abuse their positions to promote their own seed-mixes, agency photographers or honey sales without disclosing that personal commercial interest). Here is a link to the British Beekeepers Association's sane, one-page commentary on "Bees In The City".

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BLink: High-Fliers

There are many bountiful rooftop gardens around Bermondsey Street. Not every plant is bee-friendly, but enough are to make a major contribution to the forage for the Bermondsey Street Bees. "Thank you" to all my green-fingered neighbours. Here’s a “high-end” Bermondsey Street garden featured in The Independent:

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Hallowed Ground

London's churchyards are hallowed ground for bees as much as for people. Expanses of grass, criss-crossed by pathways and anchored by the solidity of an ancient edifice, are important mid-town sanctuaries. What is more, there are approximately 450 churchyards in the Diocese of London! I would like to invite you to take a closer look at one of them in particular: St Mary Magdalen Churchyard in SE1

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BLink: Who Goes There ?

A guard bee does a great job of controlling entry to a hive entrance: the simple “password” is the smell of each individual bee attempting to enter the hive, since the particular pheromones of each Queen will be transferred by trophallaxis to each bee which belongs in her colony.

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