How It All Started For Me

I had spent my childhood and working years with little more than a passing interest in bees but one March I was given an empty beehive by a friend of my youngest daughter. On getting it home and examining it there were frames of very old foundation inside but no bees had ever been within. Reference to Google yielded the information the hive was a WBC but whoever had first assembled it had done so incorrectly and the passage from entrance to brood box was blocked, hence the pristine interior. From further reading I discovered the nearest source of supply for fresh foundation was Yorkshire Beehives at Riccall Grange. When I visited the establishment I met Paul the owner who was a fount of in

What will 2019 bring?

So far the weather has been relatively mild. The bees have enjoyed a few days flying in the January sunshine, even finding some pollen. I suspect this will have been ivy as there appear to be a few flowers still on show. I've had to put fondant on the hives and all but one are tucking into it. The weather forecast for the next week promises more seasonal cold conditions. Whether it's more accurate than previous warnings of doom and gloom remains to be seen. Whatever comes I'm thinking this could be a problematic spring for the colonies so I'm going to be keeping a close eye on the fondant levels until the colonies are expanding and new bees are hard at work.

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