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I was in the Cambridge news paper a few weeks back,, All good fun.
On a disruptive note, I have someone making a fake version of my hive and selling on ebay,, he has even had the audacity to copy my catch phrase as well as virtually replicated my life story.. Unbelievable!!
Keep and eye out for fakes,, they always miss many key things that are key to making the Gardeners Beehive what it is,, 40 years of passion, innovation, experimentation and critical investigating can not just be faked!!
It has been a tragic few months with Carona 19 virus.
I have been receiving emails from many of the shows I have attended over the years informing me of them being canceled this year. I can only imagine this is devastating to all involved.
Me and my family's thoughts are with every one affected by this blight.
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.
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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.
So it has been a very bizzy year for me, as I have been working full time at Addenbrooks hospital in Cambridge since end of Feb. There have been no shows , and that has been very sad, as I really do enjoy doing them and meeting everyone.
However this has been a fantastic year for feed back! Sales has been flat, less than a 1/5 of what we normally do! But with every one being at home, we have had a lot of very happy people actually seeing the bees moving in, moving out doing all the bee stuff that bees do.. So that has been fantastic!! I have also had a little time to site and ponder.. So I have come up with quite a few innovations aimed at making your experience more pleasurable with out impacting on the bees at all other than in a positive way.
Some of the things I have been building and testing.
Honey box with a window.
Sluice gate for honey box. This will allow bees to fill the honey box, then once filled they can exit and not return. This will then not need to be removed at night, but can be done at any time of the day.
A winter blanket
A hive specifically for classic English gardens and walled gardens so it will have a Victorian look based on a few Victorian drawings I have found.
A better looking roof that dose not look so industrial. The felt roof is purpose functional, but not very appealing for posh gardens, so a slate or wood tile roof is in the mix.
To name just a few things coming up.
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Being well into fall now ( I cant spell autime ) All the drones are now gone.. The hive is ramping down even with loads of nectar and pollen about. It is now when wasps start attacking beehives and the Gardeners Beehive comes into its own!
It is critical that the queen is now left alone as if she dies that will be the end of the colony.
Well that is it for now