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Posts tagged ‘Spring’

Swarm

It's the summer solstice. Today is the longest day of the year with 16 hours, 38 minutes and 19 seconds of daylight in London. It's also the day when Queen bees hit their peak daily laying rate of over 2,000 eggs a day. So it's a good time of year to consider the dark side of beekeeping: the swarm.

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Recipe For An Apiary

Here’s my recipe for making an excellent Apiary: First take a beekeeper. Then select a location. Prepare the ingredients. Mix well. Add a pinch of bees. Sprinkle in some seasoning. Et voilà - an Apiary !

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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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Honeycomb Box

Lucky me! My Easter present from Sarah was a gleaming art deco Minton Solano honeycomb box. It's so vintage that it makes me feel young. And our Bermondsey Street honeycomb fits perfectly inside! As I said, lucky me!

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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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Back To School !

I was preparing to take my bees into Orford Primary School. It had seemed like a good idea at the time. That time was last September, when I offered to bring the bees in to show to the children. Now it was mid-March, 5C and in the middle of a solar eclipse, with a clammy, dank light fading perceptibly. And I was decanting Queen Beryl and 5 frames of bees out of Snape Hive and putting them into a glass observation hive to take into the school. Suddenly, it didn’t seem such a good idea, after all.

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Forget-Me-Nots

So it turns out that Berlin is a city of Forget-me-nots for bees. And for Sarah and I, too. We certainly will not forget our visit to the Kreuzberg rooftops!

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