Archive For The “Staveley Road” Category

BOOM! and Spring arrived

By | April 20, 2013

Today was quite a proud day for me, as a beginning beekeeper. I need to create more room in the hive for expansion – my first super! Through all of last year, I only managed the colony in a brood box holding the queen, new eggs and developing brood. But with this fantastic warm (if […]

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Wild Comb & Drones

By | April 14, 2013

This Sunday surely signalled the broken back of Winter, and Spring temperatures are here. A full 18 degrees, and sun most of the day! You can sense it in the bees activity too. Last week I talked about wax, and a little about the male “drone” bees. During the week, I¬†inadvertently¬†left a small gap at […]

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April Sun in Chiswick***

By | April 7, 2013

Mercifully, the first weekend in April has brought some warmth, and sun. I’m sure beekeepers all over England took the opportunity to check on their bees. It was warm enough (in my opinion) to do a full hive inspection. At least weighing the risk of not doing an inspection with potential trouble inside the hive, […]

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Sugary Easter treats

By | March 29, 2013

So RIP the community beehive. Thankfully, it sounds like another ‘starter’ colony or nuc / nucleus has been found to get the hive up and running again. Meanwhile my bees at the allotment are itching to get out and stretch their wings after being cooped up all Winter. The colony is strong and healthy, with […]

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Spring bees

By | March 4, 2013

I’ve been checking my bees about once a month through the 2012/13 winter. Sometimes just the surrounding area, sometimes when it’s a warm, dry and still day, a few minutes to quickly peek inside the hive. This first winter has been an anxious time for me. I’m told that many first year beekeepers don’t make […]

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