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

Favorite Grieving For Bees
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Yes, for people like my wife, grieving for bees may seem a little overdramatic and when I’m forced to watch another episode of ‘One Born Every Minute’ by the missus, I can appreciate that it is. Still logic doesn’t account … 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

Favorite Hive envy – according to Freud
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I braced myself and decided it was time to check out Darren’s hives. I’d showed him mine so, you know, it only seemed fair. Like most of my friends, Darren is more manly than myself.  He likes making fire, snowboarding … Continue reading

Favorite Bees on the outside of the hive – is this normal?
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I confess, I am a very nervous beekeeper. My wife is in awe at my supposed bravery in taking on such a ‘scary’ hobby – but the reality is, I still don’t feel comfortable beekeeping unless I have a professional … 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