Entries from October 2019

Thursday, 3rd October 2019: Telling the bees
I won't be going to visit the hives for a day or two, so I thought maybe some bee folklore would be interesting. In the nineteenth century in rural Britain, when there was a death in the family, particularly of the beekeeper, somebody would have to go out and inform the bees of the loss. …
Tuesday, 8th October 2019: Ralf meets the bees
I've been away for the weekend and come back to an almost relentlessly wet Somerset. My trip away meant that an inspection was a little overdue. Ralf (pictured) is visiting for a few days and I needed someone to help me. …
Monday, 14th October 2019: The Bee Forecast
It's now unmistakably autumn. A few weeks ago, we were inspecting on a sunny afternoon with the thermometer reading 24°C. Now, every day brings with it hours of rain. …
Tuesday, 15th October 2019: Three generations of novice beekeepers
Well, the forecast worked well today, with sunny, warm conditions for a marathon two-hour inspection with three generations of the Rawles family — my dad, my sister, and Ⓑ. …
Thursday, 17th October 2019: Bumping into Dave
Some evenings, I climb the hill near my house to see if the sunset is going to be pretty or not. On my way back from last night's walk, I met Dave. He told me two interesting things. Firstly, I showed him my stung hand, which was so pudgy that it looked like I no longer had knuckles. …