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Month: March 2016

The yellow dust of Autumn

The yellow dust of Autumn

Next door to our house just over the fence someone, years and years ago – lets say 60 years ago –  planted an American Cedar tree of some description.     Every Autumn, right about now, everything within about a 20 metre radius of it gets covered in yellow pollen.   We all suffer from what is known as cedar fever  – which isn’t a fever at all – but clogged head, fatigue, small head aches – you get the picture.   Our…

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Thunder and lightning

Thunder and lightning

Friday was terrifying.   We had a storm roll in mid afternoon,  and by the time it was on top of us the thunder was constant and the lightning was cracking.   I was worried about my hive.  I didn’t know how bees go in bad weather – do they hunker down?   The weather was too ferocious for me to leave the house and check.   I’m pretty sure the house was hit by lightning at one point as…

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My first encounter with the Blue-banded bee. (or why honey bees are like an NFL team).

My first encounter with the Blue-banded bee. (or why honey bees are like an NFL team).

I don’t know the answer to this yet.   But it does amaze me that bees can be so different.  The honey-bees, which are working their collective magic in my hive, doing their job, relying on each other – will only survive as a colony.  As soon as they stop working together the whole colony will unravel.  It’s what’s known as a super-organism.    When I watch the Patriots playing NFL, it does seem they borrow from the same playbook….

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