Archive For The “Home is where the hive is” Category

Winter activity

By | March 3, 2013

Through winter, the bees generally stay huddled in the hive, keeping warm and eating honey. This leaves the beekeeper with little work to do, but learn more about their craft. Through Spring, Summer and Autumn weekly hive checks are important to maintain the health of the colony. I’ve realised this might disrupt any summer holiday planning, […]

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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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January chills (and doubts)

By | January 13, 2013

I was eager on returning from holiday to check on my hive. Winter is an anxious time for a new beekeeper, as not much colony management can happen. It’s time to trust that your preparation for winter was thorough, that the colony is healthy, and has enough food to last the cold months. It’s not […]

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Kiwi hives

By | December 27, 2012

While my English hive rests through winter, I’m fortunate enough to have a summer holiday in New Zealand. A trip to the Northland coast was a delightful trip down memory lane, to Ohawini, Oakura and Mimiwhangata beaches, just outside Whangarei. Surprisingly for me, we noticed a few road side hives, many more than I’d ever […]

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Boiled eggs and soldiers. Redux.

By | October 14, 2012

During summer weekends, I’ve been beekeeping. Each Sunday morning during winter I sit down to Match of the Day, with boiled eggs and toast soldiers to review the weekend’s Premier League football games. Some people may think this post obsessive. I like to think of it as an exercise in continual improvement. Boiling the eggs, […]

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