Bees (again)

So we move forward 2 days and what do we get?

 

A friend, who I helped to get going in beekeeping has a swarm he needs a home for.

 

an them in about 3 hours after I picked them up and they look good, good size swarm and really early in the year.

 

If

a swarm in May is worth a load of hay; a swarm in June is worth a silver spoon; but a swarm in July is not worth a fly

what does a swarm in April constitute?

 

 

Bee travails

Why keep bees? Well, there’s a nice feeling to getting your own honey, but unless you keep lots of hives, you will not make much money, so you do it as a relaxing hobby  —  until, on the first serious hive opening of the year you find there’s a hole in your bee suit.

I think the total count is 18 stings including one really painful one on the skull, apart from a couple of stings on my right wrist, the majority are around my neck and chin.  As they say that bee stings are really good for arthritis, I should be able to talk to the day I die :winky:

Currently I’s give David Coultard a run for the money in terms of a square jaw profile :sorry:

Only opened the bees as the weather was just cool enough to stop them getting really stroppy  —  wrong, the hole (in the crotch of all places)  :oops:  meant that several bees just walked up my trousers and shirt and stung me on the upper chest and chin. (At least the shirt was tucked in :good:

 

That’s the second time that when opening a hive the little beggers have found a hole in the suit I didn’t know was there, there’s nothing more frightening than eyeballing a bee INSIDE the veil.

 

Ho hum, the good news was no queen cells and plenty of brood

So Autumn Arrives

We’ve had a very good run, best summer since 2006.  Today, it changed, very blustery Northerly winds meant that showers were driven across us at a rate of knots.

 

Cromer was battered during High tide, I took some photo’s of what was a quite tumultuous sea.  Will this be the forerunner of a hard winter?  Difficult to say, plenty of snow and ice in the Northern Hemisphere, but unless Northern Blocking occurs, I’d expect the prevailing Westerlies to win.

 

 

 

Having said that, there has been quite a preponderance of Easterlies and North Easterlies this year, indeed if today’s weather had happened in 8 weeks time  we would have had heavy snow.

A Miniscule Solar Maximum

By this time we should be at Solar Maximum with the sun looking as if it has acne. Instead the suns complexio is only sullied by the occasional blemish.

At the same time the average 10.7 flux should be around 160-170 with peaks over 300. What is it today? the value reported on the “Layman’s Sunspot Count” is just 105.

Neutrons are well up compared to the last cycle, so the solar wind is weaker.Neutrons  In the Graph above negative figures relate to lower numbers of Neutrons, normally seen around solar max, you can see that 2002 to 2004 the average (on this scale) was about -7.  Now 11 years on (when we’d expect a olar Maiximum in the number of sunspots the Neutron counter is at -1 over the last 12 months which equates to a much weaker Solar Wind

It seems we may have passed solar max, if so I think we may have some more interesting winters ahead in the UK

In Praise of Audacity

I’m not talking of being Bold or displaying Courage, but of the Audio manipulation programme Audacity.

What a wonderful program, described as ” Free Digital Editor” it does that and then some.  I’ve only used the Linux version but it’s allowed me to create .wav files for CD-r from MIDI files created by my wife, despite the fact that Audacity doesn’t read MIDI files.  How did it achieve this?  Simply by allowing me to record the playback of the MIDI file directly into Audacity.  I can then split, merge and generally manipulate the file(s) as I like.

To the developers  THANKS, a wonderful program

To anyone who needs to manipulate an audio file, mp3, wav or many other formats, try Audacity it’s very very good.

There are Mac and Windows versions as well, if they are as good as the Linux version, the developers will have covered almost all popular Operating Systems