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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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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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Shivering Wings

Shivering Wings

It snowed in Katoomba a couple of days ago.   This is an event of great delight to the locals as it happens rarely.   At least before climate change and humans started destroying our planet. Snow is now almost an annual event.  It’s now snowed 3 times in the last 5 years and in the previous 5 years – zero.    Last year we had the great snow fall of 2015.  It’s still talked about with sparkling eyes and ‘do you remember when’…

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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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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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