Entries from 2020

New Year's Day 2020: Beekeeping 2020
Now we're just a few hours into a new decade, it's time for one of those new year looking-ahead posts. But first, looking back. I've really enjoyed beekeeping this year — it's gone better than I ever could have expected given how late in the season our swarms were. …
Tuesday, 7th January 2020
Today was a beautifully mild day. With the temperature at 13°C, a few of the bees were buzzing about, and I only needed a t-shirt under my bee suit. The boggy ground had drained somewhat, and the rain held off, despite heavy, pendulous clouds over the Mendips. …
Thursday, 9th January 2020: Choosing colours
It has been decided by Ⓑ and Ⓒ that Bluebell will be the stain used for Colony Four, with Honeysuckle as the second choice.
Friday, 10th January 2020: Time to sublime
It was sunny and bright this afternoon, as well as being a bit cooler than it has been lately. Most beekeepers get their oxalic acid treatments done in late December, and it was high time that we got ours done. …
Friday, 24th January 2020: Food delivery
It's been exactly a month since I had last fed Colony 1, so I thought I'd go for a walk down to the apiary to see whether they needed a top-up. They had showed little interest in the Candipolline Gold, but about two-thirds of the Fondabee had gone, so I replaced it with a new 1kg bag. …