Category Archives: Creatures
Send article as PDF Yesterday, Saturday 2nd March 2013, I went to check on my two bee hives. They were fine and healthy with plenty feed stock last time I checked.
Send article as PDF I took this photo in Scotland, along the Crinan Canal, back in March 2009. Anyone know what it is? Click the image for a full screen version. (Warning – it’s 4000px by 3000px and 5.6 Mb file-size. The original file-size is even larger – it’s almost 12Mb!)
Send article as PDF We have foxes in our garden in the mornings and evenings. We seem to have a dog and vixen and three cubs. This morning they were cavorting around in the sun and I managed to get a few pictures taken before they headed off to wherever they lie up [...]
Send article as PDF Check this link for details. I’m saying nothing! Except, maybe, I really can’t see it taking off. Well, ok then. How do you stop the queen laying in the honey comb? There doesn’t appear to be a queen excluder – so your honey will have all sorts of stuff [...]
Send article as PDF On Sunday past, I took 11 full & capped super frames of lovely honey from the original hive, and checked the new hive. They are a bit behind and have not yet capped anything off. Hmmm, what are they up to I wonder? The original hive got another full [...]
Send article as PDF One of Alison’s ex work colleagues, Andy, keeps bees. So far this year he has had 4 swarms!
Send article as PDF I’ve been checking the girls today – the weather is lovely and warm and they are flying around all over the place, returning with lots of pollen and, hopefully, nectar.
Send article as PDF I’ve taken far too long to write this up, but I’ve been rather pissed off to be honest! We’ve lost one hive of bees since February.
Send article as PDF Domino, our California Kingsnake was put to sleep tonight at 19:10.
Send article as PDF On Sunday 6th February I hefted the hives as usual. The new hive felt a bit on the light side so I whipped the lid off (just the lid) to take a peek – it was quite mild or I wouldn’t have disturbed them.
Send article as PDF I was out this Sunday hefting the hive. It’s feeling a little lighter than I remember, so I suspect the girls are tucking in to the stores now. I heard from Peter, about a fortnight ago, that his girls have started laying already so it’s looking good for Spring.
Send article as PDF Today, Alison and I took our lives in our hands and extracted the honey from 20 full frames. In all, we have now got a kitchen full of about 70 lbs of fresh garden honey courtesy of our hard working lady friends.
Send article as PDF Saturday 2nd October was a fairly nice day given the weather we’ve been having recently, so we managed – at long last – to get the final harvest of honey done.
Send article as PDF The girls were checked again today and all is well. Varroa counts is nil on both hives – that worries me a tad! But I did give them a good dusting of icing sugar last week – so maybe it works after all!