Bees (again)

April 21, 2014 at 7:25 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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

April 21, 2014 at 7:20 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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

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