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In The Apiary : Late June : Introducing The Green Queens.

There’s nothing for me to do about the honey crop now. The bees are where they need to be, healthy and prolific, and it’s up to the weather from now to the end of July to dictate the Bermondsey Street Bees' honey harvest.

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Mind The Gap

Beekeepers need to "Mind The Gap", especially if it comes at an unexpected time of year. 2014 will prove to be a tricky year for beekeeping - just like 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 20................

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Loving the industrial-strength irony of an e-mail from cousin Nick with: “Looking for a stamp collector” in the subject box. And yes, while we’re on the topic of collections, the Bermondsey Street Honey is coming in nicely – via bee-mail, of course !

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The White House And The Bees

Thanks to David Finlay (our roving Burgundy correspondent) for this article from the New York Times reporting that the White House has announced new initiatives to promote honeybee health. Sounds like a good start!

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Orford Castle

I hope that your bee-hives are stacked with supers full of honey and are looking quite like Orford Castle. Happy beekeeping !

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At The Hive Entrance : Abbey Hive Video

Wouldn't it be nice if there was no dividing line between your work and your way of life. Spend a minute watching the comings and goings at the entrance of Abbey Hive on my Bermondsey Street rooftop. Now apply to become a bee!

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He’s Behind You!

“That’s funny, Dale. Why do you stand behind your hive when you're working it?” Penny Robertson asked.

Good question. It had never occurred to me to think about where I stand in relation to the hive I am inspecting.

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