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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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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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In The Apiary : Early May : Queen Cells

Some say that our Queen is so much in the public eye, that she is, in effect, a prisoner of her own subjects. Hold that thought.

The situation with a Queen Bee is remarkably similar. Constantly attended by her retinue, she lays worker bee or drone eggs in the cells selected by her adoring populace.

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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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In The Apiary : Early April : Queen Cups

Welcome to the first Bermondsey Street Apiary report of 2014. Executive summary: the bees are in great shape. So much so that, in early April, I found some Queen Cups. Half-empty or half-full, Queen Cups are fundamentally important to successful beekeeping.

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Beekeeping By Numbers

Information, properly gathered and intelligently assimilated, can enhance decision-making-processes. Even in the gentle craft of beekeeping.

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In The Apiary : Late August : Prize-Giving

It was all posh frocks and minding your ps and qs in the Bermondsey Street Apiary in late August. Not flustered, exactly, but the Bermondsey Street Bees were delicately enervated. You see, a visitor is a rarity on their Bermondsey Street roof-top and here were two coming along all at once: Sophia and James Hill.

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BLink: High-Fliers

There are many bountiful rooftop gardens around Bermondsey Street. Not every plant is bee-friendly, but enough are to make a major contribution to the forage for the Bermondsey Street Bees. "Thank you" to all my green-fingered neighbours. Here’s a “high-end” Bermondsey Street garden featured in The Independent:

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