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My first Split (or a Queen for a queen).

My first Split (or a Queen for a queen).

I love beekeeping.  Even though I am still so new and feel like I am making more mistakes than not,  I love it.   The bees are wonderful,  the beekeeping is forever interesting and rewarding.   The community online is wonderful. So after the advice from a lovely gentleman in my beekeeping club in Katoomba ,  I ordered my new queen and have now installed her in a split hive.    I was worried about the chalk-brood in hive 2 and was…

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This annus horriblis is coming to an end (or Redeloos, radeloos and reddeloos)

This annus horriblis is coming to an end (or Redeloos, radeloos and reddeloos)

So, my dear reader, you will tell by my heading that this year has not been one of joyous triumph.   Wikipedia is a great source of many things: many facts, some fake news, and occasionally it offers up a little gem of delightful  knowledge.  That is how I stumbled across the wonderful Dutch saying Redeloos, radeloos and reddeloos.  Let me translate:  Senseless, Desperate and Irrecoverable.  In three words that pretty much sums up my 3rd full year of beekeeping.     I’m probably being a bit…

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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 inspection of Spring after the winter lock down

First inspection of Spring after the winter lock down

Last weekend I opened up the hive to inspect everything for the first time since May.   The weather has been getting warmer for about 3 or 4 weeks and I made sure the day was at least 15 degrees as per the research I’ve done on temperature to open your hive at.   I had everyone involved to assist and observe, I figured the more eyes looking, the better chance we had of seeing anything untoward.   Obviously as…

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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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