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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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Super Duper.

Super Duper.

I’ve put the super on today.  I’ve waited for this moment for 11 months so am a little excited.   putting the super on is nothing more than putting another box on top of the bottom box and took about 30 seconds.   It’s great how something so simple can reap much joy!  The super is the part with the Flow Hive System which is different than Langstroth hives.  It’s the part that has the plastic frame/hive system that ultimately the…

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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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Inspection time or a family that beekeeps together stays together

Inspection time or a family that beekeeps together stays together

Last weekend I did another inspection – #7 since receiving my bees in January this year.   The last two I have enticed the entire family into helping so I can concentrate on just the hive.  So I have one person with me just on standby,  I have one of the kids taking photos, and one taking notes.    It was 18 degrees, and the bees were very active.  I did it at about 2pm.   My bees are so…

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Watching bees, or a meditation in seeing

Watching bees, or a meditation in seeing

I love photographing my bees.  I’m now on holiday for a week and it started with the most beautiful day on Saturday.  I spent a long time just photographing my bees, experimenting with different lens and post processing everything in Adobe Lightroom.    I use a Canon 7D camera and for each photograph I have listed the meta-data for the picture including lens.   I know I love to know how bees have been photographed as I trawl through my…

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Winter rain

Winter rain

It’s atrocious weather in Katoomba.  Its the forth day of Winter,  pouring with rain and it’s forecast to get worse.  Which caused me to wonder how do my bees cope in such horrible weather.   I have done a bit of looking around the web for information with the most obvious thing being they of course just hunker down and don’t come out for anything.  Pretty much the same us us.   While I was looking I found an interesting article…

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The Meditation

The Meditation

If only I was home during daylight more often.   I could sit and watch the fulfilled daily life of bees forever.   Until you have honey bees it’s hard to understand how fascinating and peaceful it is to sit there and just watch the comings and goings.  It’s been one of the true surprises for me since I started.  This slow motion video shows some activity at my hive – early on you see the pollen being brought in,…

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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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Death and Bees

Death and Bees

Yesterday as I sat on my chair, positioned just so to meditate on my bees, I witnessed something intriguing.  There were a bunch of bees – lets say about 15 – all crowded in the one corner (the right) where they enter the hive.   They were gathered around 2 dying or deceased bees, and slowly but surely over about 5 minutes they were pushing them out and off the hive.     Each and every worker bee has a role to play…

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