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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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My bees arrived today

My bees arrived today

Well my wonderful mentor from Orange, NSW has come and gone, and now I am officially a beekeeper. The excitement preceding his arrival was almost unbearable.   He arrived with the five frame nuc, some wax foundation and bit and pieces of tools to help me. We set about inspecting my property around the house – a modest yard with a few options – in the end we found the perfect spot against a north facing wall that will get sun…

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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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