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Bret’s Bajan Bees

On a previous visit to Barbados, I had met Ben The Bajan Beekeeper. I subsequently received an invitation from one of Ben's fellow beekeepers, Bret Tujela, to visit his Bajan Bees when I was next on the island. Here's the story of Bret's Bajan Bees.

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The Sawh Dynasty

The Sawh Dynasty. Maff spotted the sign, on the outskirts of Bridgetown, Barbados: "Sawh's Bee Hiving Enterprise - we specialize in bee hive removal. 100% pure Honey. 100% pure Bajan." It was to lead to quite an adventure.

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Box Of Tricks

Flow™ hive's marketing campaign portrays bees as a life-style accessory which can deliver honey at the turn of a tap. This is beyond responsible marketing and way beyond responsible beekeeping. Yet it has just raised USD12.2 million from over 36,530 funders.

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Frame Of Mind

The first thing you need to know about beekeeping is that it is not glamorous. Let’s face it there’s no “Strictly Come Beekeeping”, no “Ready, Steady, Beekeep” nor even “The Z-Factor” on TV. And there’s a reason for that.

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@piary

So how about a new, al fresco, roof-top, female collective atelier on Bermondsey Street ? Cool ! Let's call it @piary.

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Honeyfacturing

Honeyfacturing is a 3-day job which takes twelve whole months to complete. That's because the simple secret to great honey is rearing healthy bees - and that is an all-year-round project. In my book, that makes the gestation period for a jar of honey 25% longer than that for a human child.

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Fading Light

The sun has started slanting towards Autumn. Inspecting the comb requires a little twist of the wrist to catch that glint of light which can delve to the bottom of each wax cell. The year is moving on and it is time to nod to the inevitable and commence preparations for the end of the season. It’s a sad capitulation, but it has been a great bee year, abundant and forgiving.

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Mind The Gap

Beekeepers need to "Mind The Gap", especially if it comes at an unexpected time of year. 2014 will prove to be a tricky year for beekeeping - just like 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 20................

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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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Country Cousins

As a townie, I am starting to learn about country beekeeping. For example, fields of oilseed rape are not common in London. In Suffolk, careful management of strong bee colonies close to these flying carpets of canary-coloured flowers is required if you are not to lose an early swarm - or if you do not require a good deal of hard-to-extract, solid-setting rape honey.

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