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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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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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10 Out Of 10

Sarah and I were delighted to receive a collection of wonderful bee-drawings made by the pupils of Orford CEVA Primary School, following our bee-education day in March. Here are some random samples of the art-work. We marked them all 10 out of 10!

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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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Three Feet Or Three Miles

The golden rule of beekeeping is: “Three feet or three miles”. It sounds enigmatic until it is revealed as the shorthand version of an exhortation to the beekeeping faithful that: “Thou shalt not move a bee-hive more than three feet, nay, verily, nor less than three miles. No way. Or else". Here's why...

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Do Bees Hibernate ?

As winter takes hold, bees form their cluster: a gently dynamic, oval mass in the middle of the brood box. A cluster is quite hard to visualise, though, so It really made my day when I realised that a swarm of bees is just a naked cluster !

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Finding The Queen

At 2014's Bermondsey Street Festival my glass-sided observation hive, full of live bees from Thames hive, made a remarkable debut.

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In The Apiary : Late September : Mishaps

The catalogue of woe in my Suffolk apiary last weekend was bigger and wider than Argos's Christmas edition. So I binned it and started again. I'm going to call last weekend's events "mishaps". Not misadventures and not disasters. Not yet.

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Pearlesque

Here's a Queen Bee larva from Shard Hive, afloat on a tide of royal jelly. Out of focus, not intentionally so, but oddly apt. Funnily enough, I can get along OK with imperfection.

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