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Posts tagged ‘ruby’

A Wax Opera

Regrettably, in many glossy epics, the prima donna meets with misadventure and is written out of the script. Deprived of her familiar image on the screen, the audience suffers temporary bereavement, but, after a short period of mourning, soon warms to the replacement heroine. Taking that message to heart, we say a fond “adieu” to Ruby, Queen of Shard Hive and prime the PR pumps for Primrose, Queen of Thames Hive - as the Bermondsey Street Bees’ new diva.

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I guess that this year, anything which started out wonky in the hives has proved to be really hard to set right. I made the mistake of hoping that, come the sunshine and some big nectar flows, a touch of nosema would be busily swept away - and that substituting a drone-laying 2012 Queen with a nubile, red-dotted youngster would restore Shard to its former glories. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

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In The Apiary : Mid-May : A Bad Day On The Hives

It has been one of those days: a couple of beekeeping blunders and a bit of bad news on Queen Ruby of Shard. Nothing terminal, mind. Just a little vexation. And reproach. And frustration.....

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What’s in a name ? I didn’t get it when my wife suggested that I give the new Queen in Shard Hive a name.

“She’s already got one,” I replied cheerily: “It’s JC1.0.O.4.13.NZ”.

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