Bees

  • July Bee Blog (2016)

    Bee Blog July 2016 The swarming season is all but over here in the south, but as the season is still running quite late, I wouldn’t be surprised if there are still bees thinking of setting up a new home, in the north. I’ve heard of some good swarms this...
  • May Bee Blog

    Bee Blog  May 2016 The BC weather site is already issuing pollen warnings along with their forecasts and all those who suffer from hay fever will be diving for the nasal spray and various others of the manifold reliefs for the menace of pollen. It’s called hay fever because the...
  • January Bee Blog

    For a long time I told people that from where I live to France, is only 150 miles in a straight line, and to be honest, that was a guess. To be sure, I resorted to Google Earth, and surprise surprise! It’s actually less than 100 miles to the nearest...
  • November Bee Blog

    Bee Blog & tips November 2015 November is the first of the inactive months in beekeeping. It’s the bees that are inactive, or at least, less active. You should be beavering away in the shed, getting ready for next season. You should have lots of frames which need cleaning, and then there...
  • August Bee Blog

    Bees love Borage   In one way at least, beekeeping has to be one of the most pessimistic crafts in Christendom. We are already looking at the end of the beekeeping season and most beekeepers are taking honey from the hives around now. Sometimes there is a spring harvest around...
  • Bee Blog – February 2015

    There is constant debate as to when the beekeeping year begins and when it ends. Some say that it starts after the honey harvest when you are preparing your bees for the cooler months ahead, but I find that terribly pessimistic, as we harvest the main crop of honey in...
  • December Bee Blog

    Throughout November it was hard to believe that we were going into the coldest part of the year, because temperatures were still in the mid teens. That’s good then! Well, actually it’s not. There is, or should be, a natural order to the seasons of the year and when things...
  • Stewart's November Bee Blog

    Since I started this blog I have rattled on about all the positives of bees and beekeeping, and paid scant attention to the travails that befall the humble bees. I have alluded to the odd problem or two, and I try not to be too pessimistic, but a recently published...
  • Stewart's Bee Blog October 2014

    What a beekeeping season it’s been: a record year. The one we have been waiting for since Adam was a lad. I mentioned that last month, but, now it is all out of the hives and most of it has been put into jars, we can relax a bit. We...
  • Stewart's Bee Blog - September 2014

    There’s an autumnal feel today, isn’t there? The prophets of doom will be the first to say it, and indeed, they have already started. What an excellent summer we have had though. It wasn’t as hot as last year and it certainly wasn’t as wet as 2012. It was a...

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