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Closing up shop

  Antisthenes says that in a certain faraway land the cold is so intense that words freeze as soon as they are uttered, and after some time then thaw and become audible, so that words spoken in winter go unheard until the next summer. –  Plutarch, Moralia A little late with this post about closing … Continue reading

If there had been tumbleweeds…

…I wouldn’t have been surprised. I’m talking about our latest bee inspection. There were high points (our first ‘considerable’ honey grab) and low points (the tumbleweeds). But there were a few gifts as well… Bee inspection: First Hive This bee inspection took place during the first half of July. We had admittedly left some time between … Continue reading

Is she or isn’t she?

  You see, all this time I have been thinking my girl Cheryl (yes, she’s still hanging around our place) is a common garden spider who had wandered a bit far from the garden admittedly.  She’s been with us since November, the time when the females make their presence felt by preventing you from walking … Continue reading

O Antiphons!

  Because of work load, the only Christmas-y thing I got to do was attend a carol service at a village church in the vicinity of work. In fact, it was a service sponsored by the employers who provided transportation to the church. It was exactly the right thing, to recall what Christmas is about, … Continue reading

Non Semper Erit Aestas

or  “It will not always be summer.” (be prepared for hard times) taken from Stone, J. R. (2005). The Routledge Dictionary of Latin Quotations: The Illiterati’s Guide to Latin Maxims, Mottoes, Proverbs and Sayings, Routledge. Yes, the arrival of autumn, the precursor of winter, as well as winter itself signals hard times to come for the … Continue reading

Ah, They’re a Bunch of Old Softies Really

Verum ubi ductores acie revocaveris ambo, deterior qui visus, eum, ne prodigus obsit, dede neci; melior vacua sine regnet in aula. But when both leaders from the battlefield are recalled, do to death him who seems inferior, that he be not a waste and bane; let the better reign in a clear court. Virgil The Georgics … Continue reading

Inspections 2014: They are what they are

Non est ad astra mollis e terris via – There is no easy way from the earth to the stars. (Seneca) This post is dedicated to Roy Eastol, a true ‘fen boy,’ and a beekeeping gentleman of many decades of these here parts.  Who forgot more about beekeeping than anyone ever knew (although I can’t … Continue reading

Of Swarms and Inspections 2014: It Continues (Part 2)

In which the beekeeper describes the first official inspection, or what can be described as a game of two halves, er I think, to quote from some sport I never watch. Beginner beekeepers may 1) want to look away, or 2) look on these problems (some self-induced by negligent beekeeping) and learn…. 4 May 2014 … Continue reading

EPIC!

Yes, I did intend the caps, as I am referring to the acronym for a gubernatorial campaign run by Upton Sinclair in 1934,  End Poverty in California. The emblem for the campaign was the bee, as pictured above, because, according to Sinclair, “she not only works hard but has means to defend herself.” Sinclair is … Continue reading

I have heard of bees in trees, but tree bees?

Allow me to introduce you to Bombus hypnorum, the tree bee: Apparently, introductions are required in the UK, for even though this is a bumblebee common to Europe, it has only just recently made its way to the UK (first observed in 2001). It has moved as far west as Iceland in 2008. It has been receiving some attention … Continue reading

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