Entries from 2019

21st May 2019: Starting out
We've decided on a site for the beehives after a walkabout two weeks ago. There will be two hives there, one looked after by me and my nephew Ben and one looked after by Dave and Dax. After obtaining permission, we need to fence off a small bit of the field and then install the hives there. …
3rd June 2019: The hive arrived
Someone from Federal Express came this morning to bring my new Thorne budget hive in a battered and torn cardboard box. I asked him to mark the delivery unchecked. 'It's because it contains wood', he opaquely explained. …
5th June 2019: Hive-building progress
Earlier this week I opened up the box that my first hive came in. The contents turned out to be not only intact but also a really good kit. To experience this unboxing for yourself, watch Gruffydd Rees of Mêl Gwenyn Gruffydd in an unboxing video, one of many he's made. …
12th June 2019: Some beekeeping podcasts
I'm a fan of podcasting; I get through at least a few hours of podcasts per day. So I thought I'd note down a few pointers to a few of the beekeeping podcasts that I've stumbled across. …
13th June 2019: Sore thumbs
The frames for the brood box and supers were what essentially remained of the hive building by Wednesday of last week. Making these was more fiddly work than the stages before, so I treated myself to a smaller hammer and decided to do it from the comfort of my kitchen. …