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Posts tagged ‘Abbey’

In The Apiary : Mid June : Jet and Indigo

In life, as in beekeeping, when you collaborate with talented people, good things happen. When Hung (pronounced "Hoong") Quach approached me to propose an article about the Bermondsey Street Bees' rooftop apiary, in the "Locality" section of her Jet and Indigo blog, I was delighted to accept.

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In the Apiary : Mid-May : An Inspector Calls…

At 5.31pm precisely the doorbell rang. It was the Seasonal Bee Inspector for the South London, Brian McCallum. This was my first visit from an inspector. Or, as I like to look at it, the first time I have been offered a free beekeeping lesson from Her Majesty's Government.

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In The Apiary – April 2015 – First Inspections

Spring has been a long time coming, but finally, I have been able to crack open my hives and inspect the Bermondsey Street Bees, checking on their health, development and well-being, and especially on each hive's Queen.

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Extreme Beekeeping

Life’s never perfect, is it? Yes, the sun was shining. And indeed, the temperature was balmy. But it was blowing a storm on the Bermondsey Street Bees’ rooftop when I transplanted Neckinger Hive from a 5-frame nucleus into a full-size hive, having waited all weekend for better weather. Welcome to Extreme Beekeeping !

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BBC R4 “Saturday Live” Interview

Last Saturday, BBC Radio 4 joined me on my rooftop to meet the Bermondsey Street Bees. In case you missed it, this blog post has a link to the show. Open it and advance to 44 minutes and 20 seconds into the programme. That's the start of my slot. It was all great fun. I like radio. I'm told I have the perfect face for it.

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Oyez, Oyez !

Tune into BBC Radio 4's "Saturday Live" from 9am - 10.30am on 4th April 2015 to hear all about the Bermondsey Street Bees. It's Abbey Hive's first inspection of the year - and we're shouting it from the rooftops!

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Christmas Day Varroa Treat(-ment)

It's Christmas Day and this video shows the Bermondsey Street Bees in Abbey Hive receiving a health-giving anti-varroa treat(-ment).

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Night Market

A shiver ran down my spine as it occured to me that our stall was precisely on the spot where Bermondsey Abbey had stood, founded just after the Norman Conquest on the site of a 7th Century monastery. That sudden time-shift placed the Bermondsey Street Bees as the inheritors of a 1300-year history of beekeeping in that very place.

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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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The Q-Factor : Vote Now !

The Q-Factor: Vote Now - The Pollen Station Is Open ! Who Is The Fairest 2014 Bermondsey Street Queen Of All ?

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