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Honey Comb Harvest #1, (or Broody, moody, and cross bees for #2)

Honey Comb Harvest #1, (or Broody, moody, and cross bees for #2)

I haven’t updated all Summer! I can’t believe it.    I thought I had, but it appears not. Now let’s see.  I had a disaster with my nuc hive in November.   I had put it on the wrong slope and the water wasn’t draining, and it was a putrid disgusting stinking mess when I opened up the hive for the first time after installing the nuc.  The base of the hive was full of muddy water with disgusting larvae…

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Incredible things come in small packages ( or Nuc Nuc , who’s there?)

Incredible things come in small packages ( or Nuc Nuc , who’s there?)

Finally I have a new blog post.   Several reasons lay with my quietness over winter.   It was winter! and things were quiet.  The blog admin site when down and I couldn’t update for a while, and finally a bit of laziness set in! So my update – The bees exploded late August into September and I can tell over the last three weeks how incredibly packed the two hive boxes are of bees.  I didn’t feed them at all, and…

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First Solo Flight (and over-wintering my bees)

First Solo Flight (and over-wintering my bees)

Yesterday I did the full brood inspection as required by NSW regulation for beekeepers in Autumn.   There is a great pamphlet here from the NSW Govt on how to over-winter  bees.  Over-Wintering bees is the name given to preparing your hive for winter.   The first step is a full brood inspection of every frame to check for disease, whether there is healthy colony,  ensure there is a queen and check the bees have enough honey (food) stores for the winter months to…

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The Sun, The Bees. (Raindrops keep falling on my head)

The Sun, The Bees. (Raindrops keep falling on my head)

It’s been the wettest March on record, so much rain, that the people of NSW eastern seaboard are slowly withering in to a wet clump of humanity.    I’ve check on the bees every day and they were barely leaving the hive.  The flow box was so wet the wood was swelling and it was almost impossible to remove the observation door.    But when the sun came up this morning, there was a universal hallelujah across Katoomba, and the…

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Harvest the frame. Frame the picture.

Harvest the frame. Frame the picture.

On Friday afternoon the clouds went away, the sun broke through and after checking the side observation window and seeing it 100% capped with wax (meaning the honey was ripe), I decided to fully harvest that end frame.  I had seen it was fully capped during last inspection,  but with the chaos that ensued with the last inspection, I waited for a week before I harvested.  The bee’s had been through enough. Harvesting is important for bees.  Without harvesting a…

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The big inspection (and a broken heart)

The big inspection (and a broken heart)

On Saturday I planned my first big inspection since my Flow frames have been at bee capacity.   So many things I wanted to check, but the main over riding thing was – do I have too many bees?   I have wondered for a few weeks now if I am at capacity in my hive, and feel like the proverbial rabbit in headlights with not knowing what to do.  What I have done so far is actually nothing.    …

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Honey, honey, honey. (and my festooning bees).

Honey, honey, honey. (and my festooning bees).

Oh my.   Finally, almost a year to the day when I first received my nuc and set up my flow hive – I’ve done an inspection and there are frames of capped honey. (pictures below).   Luscious white capped cells of honey.  For so long I’ve been waiting to do an inspection and find capped honey.   I was almost beginning to worry the poor girls where incapable, and worried about what they were going to feed on over…

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The scent of my future (will it bring remembrance of things past?)

The scent of my future (will it bring remembrance of things past?)

Just like my beautiful Proust – who reminisced his way through an entire 6 volumes of In Search of lost Time  – triggered by a taste from his childhood,  I am hoping that the scent of a beehive will in future bring back these memories of my happy beekeeping early days.  I only realised I could smell this aroma yesterday after closing up the hive from the inspection – and going back to check on the bees, the most intense gorgeous aroma could…

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Bees are good, moths are bad.

Bees are good, moths are bad.

Last week I did an inspection.    After putting the super on – I wanted to see if everything was ok. I’ve read that it’s not uncommon that a new beekeeper will not get honey in their first season.    So patience is essential.  Given it was January 2016 (southern hemisphere) when I received  my nuc – I’m still not sure if I have done one complete season or just a kind of half season. I’m now into the second…

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Bee Bath Building (or how Triangles must equal 180 degrees internally)

Bee Bath Building (or how Triangles must equal 180 degrees internally)

I had some old cast iron chairs from a New Zealand theatre – that I’ve had for 30 years.  I’m guessing they are nearing over 100 years old.  I bought them intact – but as i’ve left them outdoors for the past 10 years,  they have slowly rotted to the point only the cast iron frames remain.  The guilt associated with this rotting corpse of history in our hidden part of the garden was getting too much.   So this…

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