Favorite BBKA News: Melissophobia – Fear Of Bees
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Melissophobia (or Apiphobia) – Fear Of Bees This article was first published in the newsletter of The British Beekeepers’ Association (No. 222 – April 2015). I feel I need to come clean.  I have mixed emotions when inspecting bees, alternating between … Continue reading

Hive Three & A Confession
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Life is pretty busy at the moment – that’s what I told myself as I succumbed to the temptation  of buying an ASSEMBLED, yes, yes, yes, ASSEMBLED hive. I’m ecstatic at the relief of allowing myself to buy an ASSEMBLED hive. I … Continue reading

A Visit To Maisemore
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I had heard of these places whilst on beekeeping training courses and in whispered conversations. They had evoked more fear than curiosity … until now. Yes – I am talking about beekeeping equipment suppliers! I imagined it to be like … Continue reading

The Bodge Hammer Returns
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Crikey.  This was to be my third hive.  I’ll soon have to bump up my BBKA insurance!  Hmmmm … and I’d better start making some honey.  Or maybe I just shouldn’t blog for a few years and start writing again … Continue reading

Favorite My Dad – The Swarm Catcher
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It wasn’t meant to be like this.  I was meant to be The Man, or better yet, The Beeman.  But The Old Man is taking all the glory.  To be fair, he is far more relaxed around the bees than … Continue reading

Will “religion for atheists” help me regain my sanity?
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In his new book, Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer’s Guide to the Uses of Religion, Alain de Botton argues that religion has important things to teach the secular world. He believes religions are packed with good ideas on how to … Continue reading

Favorite Manliness – Learning to use a hammer at the age of 39
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Renting flats and house shares for 20 years has meant that I have not needed to do any DIY or look after a garden EVER in my life.  Despite having an engineering degree, the only hand tools I have used … Continue reading

Favorite I Am Not A Beeman
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Unlike me, Jonathan is a real beeman. He knows stuff.  He knows useful stuff about the weather, bees and plants, whilst I have a couple of theoretical GCSEs in Geography and Biology. He’s got dreadlocks.  I’ve got a short back … Continue reading