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I have done a Beekeeping course….finally (or patience is a virtue).

I have done a Beekeeping course….finally (or patience is a virtue).

I have finally done my beekeeping course.   About 10 months after I first received my nuc,  I turned up last weekend to Doug Purdie’s (from The Urban Beehive) course.  Joint owners of the business Vicki and Doug keep about 100 hives all over rooftops and urban backyards in Sydney.   The course was a one day everything course.   First half of the day was theory and the afternoon was practical.   I chose this one because I liked his…

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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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My bees are coming, my bees are coming!

My bees are coming, my bees are coming!

It’s Friday – and on Monday my nuc is arriving.  Good chap from Orange in NSW is bringing my first nuc.   Below is a pic of my repositioned flowhive – waiting for the bees – although I’m pretty sure it will be moved before they arrive.  While I think it’s a good place I’m pretty sure it breaks a few rules – clear space around to be able to do bee maintaining,  no obstruction (my mini corn field and strawberry farm…

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