Entries from July 2019

Saturday, 13th July 2019: My first bees
I've been wondering for the last week or so whether we had left things too late this year, and mentally preparing myself to start beekeeping next May instead. …
Sunday, 14th July 2019: Leave well alone
The swarm are still in the hive, and there are still bees holding their waggling abdomens aloft at the entrance, and, as far as I can tell, eating some of the mountain of fondant we left for them. Assuming they decide to stay, they now have a busy time ahead as they set up home in the new hive. …
Saturday, 20th July 2019: Infection, inspection and remote detection
Earlier this week, the presence of European Foul Brood in Bristol (35km away) was reported on the BBC's Farming Today. …
Wednesday, 24th July 2019: A first look inside the hive
B and I performed the first hive inspection today, with B operating the smoker and me checking through each of the frames. Broadly speaking, after ten days, the colony looked pretty good to me. …
Thursday, 25th July 2019: New neighbours
Thomas brought a second swarm to the apiary tonight and put them in Dave and D's hive. We're really pleased — we now have two distinct colonies, each of which will develop in their own way, and therefore twice the opportunity to learn.
Tuesday, 30th July 2019: BeeBase
Well, first of all I'm happy to report that the bees are still there after the 35°C heat we had on Thursday. …