Archive For January, 2013

Winter cluster

By | January 27, 2013

Although you shouldn’t need to look into your hive over winter, and due to cold / wet / wind its inadvisable, you can do very quick focused checks on a warmish, clear, still and dry day. Saturday was just that day, and I wanted to put my mind at rest by actually seeing the bees. […]

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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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Winter snow, and signs of life

By | January 19, 2013

Yesterday the UK experienced a good drop of snow, the allotment receiving around 5 to 10 cms. This morning I was eager to check the hive was warm and secure against the cold, and met an interesting sight. The clustered bees generate warmth in the hive, this warmth is melting snow directly over the tight […]

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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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