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Fading Light

The sun has started slanting towards Autumn. Inspecting the comb requires a little twist of the wrist to catch that glint of light which can delve to the bottom of each wax cell. The year is moving on and it is time to nod to the inevitable and commence preparations for the end of the season. It’s a sad capitulation, but it has been a great bee year, abundant and forgiving.

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River Of Flowers

There is a green “River” of Bermondsey pollinator-friendly plantings which starts at St Mary Magdalen Churchyard, linking to Tanner Street Park, White’s Grounds, Tyers Gate Estate, Leathermarket Gardens, Guy Street Park and terminating at Melior Street Gardens.

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Breezekeeping

Hurricane Bertha made it a little blowy for the Bermondsey Street Bees on their fourth-floor rooftop - but there were some small jobs to be done. Welcome to the gentle craft of breezekeeping!

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Swarm – Show And Tell

Terror is terror. Abrupt and intense. Suddenly shunted into your face, indifferent to your rapt fear. Like a swarm of bees, ancient and implacable: 20,000 spirographing projectiles ripping the air, weaponed with venom. In reality, though, a bee-swarm is as terrible as a Tunnock’s Teacake, as pugnacious as Christmas Puddings.

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Time Capsule

Here is a gem of a time-capsule called: "A Year In The Apiary", filmed by the Barnet Beekeepers’ Association in 1936. It can be viewed in four enchanting, wobbly, b&w episodes on YouTube. With bees, no-one can ever say: "They don't make 'em like that anymore". They do.

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Honey Buzzard

A beautiful bird, the Honey Buzzard. Can’t help preying on bees, but quite partial to wasps, too. Fair play to it. Hear its call - and learn about its tenuous connection to honey - on the BBC’s "Tweet of The Day".

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In The Apiary : Early August : Work And Play

Queen Grunhilde is the star of my new 2014's green-marked Queens, diligently laying up the brood box in Thames Hive. But she really smashes it up on her nights off....

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