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Hiving the Bees

Just in case you need some inspiration at the beginning of the most active part of the beekeeping year…. I like the impression created here that swarming is part of beekeeping and not the disaster some beekeepers make of it. I also like the enticement she uses, no, not to attract Troy, but to attract … Continue reading

Remember to notify your bees when you’re dead…..

Bees are regarded with respect,and the general custom of telling them of a death in the family of their owner is not yet extinct; it is believed in the Golden Valley that they would leave their hives if not told. There was a large apiary at the Moor, near Hay, and when the owner died, … Continue reading

Lente currite, lente currite, noctis equi

My excuse for the title of this post is the tenuous link that we have had everything except horses in our garden so far this summer (although we have horses regularly clip clop past our house as someone in the neighborhood owns them). Although, do I need an excuse? It is an evocative, almost mystical … Continue reading

We suffer more often in apprehension than in reality….

Seneca,  the Roman Stoic philosopher, must have known something of the lot of the beekeeper: Plura sunt quae nos terrent quam quae premunt, et saepius opinione quam re laboramus. What a relief! We go through this every apres-swarming season: worry then relief. They never let us down, always demonstrating their resilience.  Ain’t nature grand? Of course, … Continue reading

Bums Up for the camera, girls!

Last swarm of the season (we hope) waving goodbye-or is that hello?- in their own unique way. I wondered about that title when I uploaded this video to YouTube, even with the ‘Nature’ subject heading on it (or maybe especially with that subject heading). But I decided to take my chances. This was the 4th … Continue reading

Swarm 2015: I knew it!

They were way too well-behaved. Swarm 4 May 2015 It was a nice day, beautiful in fact,  but… I have been having my seasonal allergies, plus I think I’ve done something to my back, and well my husband persuaded me to attempt to watch our first box set in one sitting (we failed, well, 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

E fructu arbor cognoscitur…..

Or maybe not, in this case. Or, maybe not by me, but perhaps one of my readers?  I have been travelling for work, and came across these little beauties in the parking lot of one of my stops. They look like the most delicate Japanese lanterns with little orange lights within. But from which tree … Continue reading

On the Approach of Winter

  Quand je lou tans refroidier voi et geleir et les arbres despoillier et iverneir adonc me voil aaizier et sejorneir a boen feu leiz lou brazier, et a vin cleir en chade mason par lou tans fellon; ja n’ait il perdon ki n’amet sa garison. Although my graduate work had to do with Medieval … Continue reading

Playa de Ivy

But it’s not ivy. It’s Fatsia Japonica, one of the monster plants we have in our garden (they are either monster plants and trees or dead plants and trees in our garden).   It happens to put out flowers around this time of year that look like ivy flowers. It has become the favorite winter … Continue reading

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