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Autumn bees

Today I managed to sneak enough time in a warmish day to have a look at the bees. I was going to take the honey off but looking in decided that there was about enough to see them through the winter but not much more – not enough to be worth taking off. Another poor…

Bad Beekeeping

The good beekeper keeps a close eye on his or her bees, carefully checks the weight of the hive during the winter to make sure they aren’t starving, and pays particular attention during May for ’tis the season to be swarming. It will come as no great surprise to my readers that I don’t fit…

Although I can’t really be sure if they are new this year or overwintered. See one of them has orange legs – this is a good sign – bringing pollen back in. Today was a lovely warm still sunny day in Cambridge and environs, and at this time of year a middle-aged mans thoughts turn…

Bee blogging

In theory I have a blog about bees, called with a stunning lack of originality williams bees. However, its moribund, and I can’t be bothered to maintain more than one blog, so for the record: I’m down to one hive now, the one pictured, except I’ve cut the nettles back a little. Spring brought a…

A thin summer for the bees

I’ve just opened up the hive for the annual end-of-summer honey extraction and anti-varroa treatment. This year its apiguard, which is a bit tedious because you have to do it in two goes at 2 week intervals. But the disappointment was the honey harvest: zero. They did have some honey, maybe six frames worth, but…