Posts Tagged “Home is where the hive is”

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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We sow the seed, nature grows the seed, then we eat the seed

By | July 30, 2012

I’m 2 weeks into owning my own hive, and things are going great guns. The weather turned nice virtually the day I received the small 5 frame nucleus, and the bees have been getting out on the warm, dry, still days and collecting pollen, and nectar. At this time of year, the queen would normally […]

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So, this is what I have become

By | July 20, 2012

One anxious week on, and I went and checked the hive this evening (Friday). I had to avoid a few celebratory work drinks, as bees wont respond well to the smell of alcohol (or strong perfumes, and petrol etc). So, this is what I have become of a Friday eve. I’m quite conscious that I’ve […]

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Rua Tekau – First Shook Swarm

By | April 27, 2012

Class 2 at East Surrey Bees saw me bleary eyed and bleary nosed with a bit of an ugly cold. I covered it up as best I could and marched on, and so pleased I did. The ESB beginner practical course is a fantastic practically focussed ┬ácourse, and again with minutes of arriving we were […]

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