Simon's beekeeping blog

The most recent entry is 26 August 2020.

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In June 2017, my friend Rick invited me to go and visit him in Yorkshire to attend an intensive introductory weekend course at Leeds Beekeepers' Association. The next summer, when I had moved to London, I started going along to the nearby Walworth Garden apiary after another course there to learn and volunteer. In those six months, I learned a lot from the apiary manager Tristram Sutton and the other volunteers.

When I moved back to Somerset in January 2019, I became interested in keeping my own bees. I joined the local beekeepers' association and have been going along to their meetings. My nephew, as well my friend Dave and his daughter, are all joining in too. Here I try to document in the form of a blog with photos how we're getting on with setting up our nascent apiary, with the successes and the mistakes. This blog is mainly a learning exercise for me as a beginner beekeeper so comments, corrections and opinions from anyone out there reading this are always welcome.

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You can start by browsing the most recent entries below, or go straight to the full list of entries made in 2019 or 2020.

2 July 2020
No sign of EFB
... in which we reassure ourselves of our bees' health.
8 July 2020
Still no EFB
... in which we further reassure ourselves of our bees' health.
24 July 2020
Dave saves the day
... in which an intervention converts Colony 1 to foundationless.
2 August 2020
Not just me moving house
... in which Colony 3 is found deserted.
26 August 2020
A good inspection
... in which all is well.