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What happens in a leaderless state?

This is what we were pondering a few weeks back (running about a couple of weeks behind with these posts). The good news is we seem to have come through the swarm season 2 for 4: 2 caught and rehomed, 2 that got away. The bad news appears to be that swarms have stopped because … Continue reading

They are bent on world domination, I just know it….

Last week was the most beautiful spring weather, and like every other beekeeper our thoughts turned to the first inspection. What with the death of one of our two hives and other beekeepers reporting not only swarm preparation but also actual swarms, we approached our garage bees with some trepidation. They had been giving off … Continue reading

Spring has sprung?

Or so the bees thought a few days ago when we had a little spell of warm weather here. They were buzzing all over the hives, and I even caught them at some ivy blossom, just window shopping, mind you. Glad to see them on these rare days of winter, because I can then breathe … Continue reading

Spoiled Honey Made Good

No, not by adding tomatoes! But the tomatoes and the quote reflect a bit of an Italian cooking mania that has gripped me recently. And, reading books on Italian cooking has invariably led to some of the earliest known cook books, especially in Latin a some time theme of this blog. And, a popular ingredient … Continue reading

Winter Has been Rough, But the Girls are Hanging In There

This post will show how way behind I am in posts!  This time of year it seems that if you are away from home even for one day things change. New blooms, new seedlings,  new chicks, and multiple new weeds. Anyway, we opened up the hives about a month ago during a particularly warm spell.  I was … Continue reading

‘Clinging on for grim death’ might be a phrase….

The first hives of which I can find pictures are almost trees in their simplicity.  At a guess, some hollow tree full of bees had been plastered with clay and carried into the bee garden, laid upon stakes and fitted with a movable plank front … The interesting point is that the honey is being cut … Continue reading

Wintering Down

Hieme conduntur — unde enim firmae pruinas nivesque et aquilonum flatus perferre vires? — sane et insecta omnia, sed minus diu quae parietibus nostris occultata mature tepefiunt. circa apes aut temporum locorumve ratio mutata est, aut erraverunt priores. conduntur a vergiliarum occasu et latent ultra exortum — adeo non ad veris initium, ut dixere, nec … Continue reading

‘Retained by the Nazis…because of his beekeeping skills’

Not a sentence you expect to see.  It certainly caught my attention in a book I recently read, War on the Margins:  An untold story of secret heroism in wartime Jersey, by Libby Cone.  I picked this up in Heffer’s bargain bin, a location in the bookstore I frequent often because it reminds me of … Continue reading

I’m Breaking My Promise…

When I said no more about bees for a bit on Friday I lied.  Because, of course, they do seem to like to go from crisis to crisis to get my attention.  I am currently reading the Hunger Games in anticipation of a visit from my neice.  We did hive inspections on June 5th and little … Continue reading

They Have Been Working On My Last Nerve…

Ever hear of the evil eye?  Well, that’s what I called down upon myself a few posts ago.  Not so much the Evil Eye, as the Evil Hive.  Remember, that this is the hive that swarmed and unswarmed in early May?  Well, here is a little taster of what they have been up to since, … Continue reading

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