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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

It’s our turn for new roommates….

First the bees get new roommates when we combined hives way back in August, now we have. They’ve just moved in over the past month or so….. Although on the outside of this our dining room window, we still felt like this Garden spider was our roommate as we had front row seats to all … 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

Honeybees, Abolition, and the Homefront

The closer we examine the honey bee, the more we realise the workings of a beehive encompass territories beyond our comprehension.  from Tolstoy’s War and Peace. That Tolstoy knew a thing or two about bees, or I guess he didn’t which is rather the point. This week we will enter new territory by combining two of … 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: We Will Not Have a Third Hive! (Part 6)

It wasn’t all bad news from the bees’ perspective on that Saturday. The first swarm, which had been lucky enough to transfer to a nice, comfy nuc a few weeks back, was transferred to even more spacious accommodation – a brood box. Before that could happen (and while the other bees were deciding on a … Continue reading

Of Swarms and Inspections 2014: Good God, Will It Ever End? (Part 5)

Saturday 31st We had gone out on various errands, one of them picking up the makings of another hive to transfer our primary cast of a month ago from its probably overcrowded digs in the nuc to a more spacious des res (we do not want a third hive, we do not want a third … Continue reading

Of Swarms and Inspections 2014: It Persists (Part 4)

But it did have a happy ending… May 12  There was a second cast, across the yard this time and down by the greenhouse. At frst we thought it was the first set moving on from their nuc home.  But, no, the Garage Bees were looking distinctly guilty.     As with the first swarm, … Continue reading

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