Archive For The “Always be learning” Category

Skep making: Weekend basket weaving marks middle age

By | January 26, 2013

What better to do on a snowy London Sunday, than some basket weaving?! Martin Buckle, of Martin at Newtown ran an excellent workshop on skep making which I was lucky enough to attend. Skeps are essentially upside down baskets, which used to house bee colonies many years ago. The ones we weaved were made from thatching straw, and […]

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Pass the baton, please

By | September 22, 2012

I recently posted my hive on the Urban Bees bee map. Urban Bees is run by Brian McCallum and Alison Benjamin, who are probably best to introduce themselves. They are all about training and education, social enterprise, writing books, and or course, bees. I did their one day taster course at Camley St Nature Park […]

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Bee City – Bee-cropolis?

By | June 16, 2012

A great little movie (10 mins) displayed in classy 1950-inematic. Bee City is wonderful short film about the life of a bee. Its gives a fairly simple overview how a larva becomes a full-grown worker, through to their complex social system. Hat tip to Brain Pickings and the gorgeous & inimitable, wife of the year […]

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Surprise! Bees can’t read

By | May 18, 2012

Surprise! Thursday evening’s bee school class served up 3 surprises; Surprise One – fine-ish, still, and warm weather. Bonus. The Rua Tekau hive was stable, with brood in all stages, and even some pollen stores! A really good sign that the bees had been out foragging at natural sources. Pollen provides a protein source for […]

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Connect Four anyone?

By | May 16, 2012

Last Thursday the weather was still atrocious. Lots of rain, and not many warm days, so it wasnt surprising that we didnt find much pollen or nectar in the Rua Tekau hive – the bees simply hadnt been able to go out forraging. Thankfully though, the first priority had been a success, the bees were […]

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