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New bees for the newbee, (or Act 1, Scene 3, Take 4567)

New bees for the newbee, (or Act 1, Scene 3, Take 4567)

Well. As I am still in the first Act of my life play with bees, I am pleased to let you know I have finally started ‘again’. My two split hives, alas, didn’t survive. They were too weak, and with everything going against them (including I’m willing to add, me) I have now acquired two new hives from an interesting bloke, locally known as ‘The Bee Man’ from Penrith, a small metropolis, 40km down the bottom of the mountain, He…

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My first Split (or a Queen for a queen).

My first Split (or a Queen for a queen).

I love beekeeping.  Even though I am still so new and feel like I am making more mistakes than not,  I love it.   The bees are wonderful,  the beekeeping is forever interesting and rewarding.   The community online is wonderful. So after the advice from a lovely gentleman in my beekeeping club in Katoomba ,  I ordered my new queen and have now installed her in a split hive.    I was worried about the chalk-brood in hive 2 and was…

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This annus horriblis is coming to an end (or Redeloos, radeloos and reddeloos)

This annus horriblis is coming to an end (or Redeloos, radeloos and reddeloos)

So, my dear reader, you will tell by my heading that this year has not been one of joyous triumph.   Wikipedia is a great source of many things: many facts, some fake news, and occasionally it offers up a little gem of delightful  knowledge.  That is how I stumbled across the wonderful Dutch saying Redeloos, radeloos and reddeloos.  Let me translate:  Senseless, Desperate and Irrecoverable.  In three words that pretty much sums up my 3rd full year of beekeeping.     I’m probably being a bit…

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