Archive For June, 2012

West Ealing Massif

By | June 30, 2012

It’s been about a month since I last visited Walmer Gardens. When I last visited, we were putting on the first super, where the bees are encouraged to store honey. Today, we found that they had filled all of the first super, all of a second super, and it was time for a third! The […]

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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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Bee tight

By | June 5, 2012

It seems an opportune moment to talk about the “bee tight” concept after my recent sting. Most people are familiar with objects being “air tight” or “water tight”, to prevent air or water leaking, either in or out. Bee keepers talk about being “bee tight”. Before opening the hive, you light your smoker, and put […]

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International Pirate Day came early this year

By | June 1, 2012

Generally our bees are very gentle, and we usually close the hive up, and take our veils off to have a chat at the end of the class. This Thursday we must have upset them, as a few guard bees came out and did their job very well. Someone got stung right between the eyes, and […]

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