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With the very long dry summer bees have not been able to swarm.. so we as Gardeners Beehive Beekeepers have had a fantastic summer.
Unlike any conventional beekeeping.
Here is a Honey box that is just about full,
removed by me for a customer.
5.5Kg of honey from the box on the left.
Here is 6.8Kg of honey from a
SUPEER SMALL SUPPER
Yes it has been a very good season for honey , for all the people wanting swarms, not so good., however it comes and go's and this year it was the turn for everyone wanting honey. This is not everyone's game but for the people who do its been great fun.
Here is the Small honeybox , and yes it is smaller than the honey box, and had more honey in!
As the year winds down, I will not be stopping, or slowing down.
Well,, as the year is coming to the quite months for me and natural beekeeping I am now focusing on two other, very important items.
I will be putting a set of training and lectures together with all the course work as .PD's, as well as exams with certificates.
But what I am really going to be pushing for is: to have all HONEY that is sold to be categorised so customers can be better informed and educated as to what they are putting in their bodies.
* Honey syrup : any honey that contains any synthetic Honey. In other words honey not 100% made by honey bees. (This is most of the honey in your supper market.)
* Farmed Honey : Any honey that was from bees that where fed. Fed anything inside or outside the hive, pollen or sugar or any derivative or anything that can be considered food.
* Honey: you would think this would be self explanatory , however it still needs an explanation. ( non of the above)
I will then later see if I cannot add another category
* WILD HONEY : Honey from bees that have had
1: No Feed
2: No swarm control
3: No chemicals
4: No unnecessary killing of bees. (No skep honey harvesting in the traditional way>)
AND this must be on every description on the container. so they cant have HONEY on the front then under the description have Honey Syrup
Home of Winston Churchill
revisiting the home of Peter Rabbit
View up the hill at one of a number that where there.
There are no bees at the Christopher Robin family home on open days. But originally there where. Also the BEE TREE mentioned in the books would have existed but no knowledge of it seems to exist in modern knowledge.
Check out this great video by Maggie who is a fantastic vidographer !!
Note on the wasps. the entrance hols on the Gardeners Beehive are a specific size and length. I noticed that bees and wasps cannot fight head on , from looking at and in a wild hive, so I incorporated this in a hive, tested it and it works so now I incorporate it in all my hives.
I thought you'd be pleased to hear that I now have bees in the hive I bought from you last Autumn. Just by chance I happened to be in my orchard digging ragwort and thistles out and noticed a swarm in one of my trees, what a beautiful site.
I'm assuming that they have swarmed from my original colony in 'The Bee Shed'. So not wanting to leave it to fate and hope they'd find the hive I called a friend in and she scooped them all up and transferred them to the hive.
Such a fascinating thing to watch as they stragglers walked up the ramp into the hive. They have settled in nicely and there is a lot of activity around the hive now 2 days later.
??? in Cornwall
Meet my bees is on hold until further notice
If you would like to see MY HIVES IN ACTION I do a MEET MY BEES MORNING on the first Saturday of each month from March until November.
This covers an over view of HONEY BEES , beekeeping and bee hosting. (Stansted in Essex)
If you have any question about where I'll be or what Ill be talking about please feel free to just phone me on: 0127 9814 301
This is free to attend but booking is essential.
Over view of 2022
Hay Bee-fans, well I will be only referring to the hives I have had direct contact with.
Well with the long dry hot spell swarms seemed to not have stopped earlier than one would expect this year but the drones seemed to have diapered earlier than normal as well.
So in spring we had quite a few really nice strong swarms emerge from surviving winter with still quite a bit of stock.
The normal occasional loss from mice and colones that succumbed even with honey in the hive, for whatever reason . but these where , I would say lower that average.
But as a net result we have had exceptional honey harvest from some quarters.
And another thing that has been noticed is the size of existing swarms getting ready for winter seem much larger than normal with still loads of activity.
So all in all quote an exiting year.
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