August 2012

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Well, I should have known Nature would not be so stupid as to allow rain and cold weather to continue for so long that the bees would die of starvation through lack of nectar and […]

July 2012

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This is not a good year for honeybees – as if they didn’t already have enough problems with Colony Collapse Disorder, Varroa and neonicotinoid insecticides! The weather has brought very many colonies to the point […]

June 2012

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What an interesting season this has been for our bees – an early Spring in March encouraged them to build up very rapidly, but then the poor things were confined to their hives during the […]

May 2012

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What an April this has been! We did the “Grand Tour” of the grandchildren after Easter, travelling up to North Wales first, then back down to South Wales, and generally speaking we had lovely, sunny, […]

April 2012

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Last weekend I spent a most enjoyable time on the Isles of Scilly – and the weather made it feel like summer-time (I know it was the same here, as well, but hey!, it could […]

March 2012

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The temperatures over the last week have become a little warmer than earlier and the bees have been taking full advantage of this. They are flying out on the less windy days and are bringing […]

February 2012

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The winter weather has at last arrived – thank Goodness! I ‘m always a lot happier when the cold weather sets in (happier for the bees, if not for myself!) as it means the bees […]

January 2012

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The weather this past month has not been as cold as it was this time last year, so the bees have had the odd day when flying out of the hive to retrieve water or […]

December 2011

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Unlike this time last year, the bees are still not yet in full cluster because the days are not really cold enough for that at the moment. Night times, maybe, but I am still feeding […]

November 2011

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Well, the autumn days are now with us – which has come as a bit of a shock after the temperatures we experienced in the first week of October. I even had a virgin queen […]

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