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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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Spring is coming – but not quite yet.

Spring is coming – but not quite yet.

  Our blossoms are confused.   It happens around this time every single year in Katoomba.  We are only a few days away from the official start of Spring, but it’s almost always a false start.   There are some very warm days for a week or so – then we get another very cold snap late September.   The true spring doesn’t really start until well into October.   Last week we had days that were upwards in the high teens,…

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The Black Ants

The Black Ants

Ants.  I really don’t like them very much.  Particularly when there is a stream of them making their way up the concrete blocks, the base board, onto the hive and up into the roof.    I had noticed them for a little while when it occurred to me – and hopefully not too late – that perhaps they were causing more damage than I realised. As you go through life  it’s just something you see – streams of ants in the…

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Bee Inspection #4 (or what to do after watching Ep 1 of Game of Thrones Season 5)

Bee Inspection #4 (or what to do after watching Ep 1 of Game of Thrones Season 5)

It was a beautiful day where I live, so I decided to do my latest hive inspection this afternoon – as Autumn is well underway and you can sense Winter is approaching I am starting to read up as much as I can on preparing the hive for winter.      There is so much advice on how to prepare your hives for winter – mainly when you have supers going, and several hives, it’s all about reducing the amount…

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The yellow dust of Autumn

The yellow dust of Autumn

Next door to our house just over the fence someone, years and years ago – lets say 60 years ago –  planted an American Cedar tree of some description.     Every Autumn, right about now, everything within about a 20 metre radius of it gets covered in yellow pollen.   We all suffer from what is known as cedar fever  – which isn’t a fever at all – but clogged head, fatigue, small head aches – you get the picture.   Our…

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