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Are we there yet? April 9, 2013

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Saturday 6 April 2013, at the branch apiary:  bees were flying, woodpeckers pecking, & robins fluttered close to rakes, willing us to turn up treats.  Early in the day, we were noisily in the swans’ flight-path, but as the air warmed, they were replaced by a trio of mewling buzzards hunting on  the thermals.

Sunday got me into the garden, planting out shrubs that have been waiting in pots for months.  Over the fence, I heard the clicking purr of frogs calling for mates.  A couple of months late, but it seems they’ve got the right idea.

Then Monday:  the snow still hasn’t thawed under the hedges & the bitter east wind’s back snarling through the trees.  So today’s thermals are full-length and the fabric wicking.  Not that there’s much chance of building up a sweat.

So, is this spring at last, or just another cruel trick of nature?

Did I get it right? September 5, 2012

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I took the honey crop a few days ago & now we have some sun – I’m wondering if I should have left it a while.  More on their page. honey bee on borage

 
honey bee on borage

Meanwhile, at home, the garden visitors are enjoying the borage  – a promiscuous self-setter.  This came up   since I last weeded the strawberry patch.  One to remember – it means there’s forage in the garden later into the season.  The Romans said borage “gladdens mens’ hearts” & used to take it before going into battle.  The young leaves are also supposed to to be good in salad – cucumbery – but I still find them hairy.  I just hope they’re my allotment bees getting the benefit.

The little darlings April 3, 2012

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made a couple of visits to my bees in the last few days.  They have responded enthusiastically to the  unexpectedly warm weather & made a very promising start to their year.  I’ve updated The bees page.

Bees for all seasons January 23, 2012

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Visited the bees a few days ago.  Mixed news – catch up on their page.

The great outdoors October 25, 2011

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Spent Saturday at the allotment.  Very peaceful.  A brisk breeze brushed the sky clear of clouds & the buzzard looped lazily.  I cleared the tree of apples, just leaviung a few for the birds.  WEll, any creatures really.  Not wasps, you understand.  Still really unhappy about the way they robbed our honey & killed so many of the girls doing it.  TReated myself to an apple-picking pole before I left work.  Never been happy with heights or ladders.  AS I manouvered the pole up through the branches & tugged & twisted when it snagged, I got a good idea where to prune.  Not sure when – but not whilst there’s so many leaves surviving.   

Harvested salad & beans & some tomatoes.  Leaving a few tomatoes in the polytunnel in the hope that the frost stays clear a little longer.  Ripped off several leaves from the tomato plants, to get more light through to the fruit.  the acrid sap fills the greenhouse & stains my fingers a neon green. 

tidied up the soft fruit patch too.  I have a small curved sawtoothed tool from China & it’ so efficient at ripping down the dried grass.  AS soon as I started seeing the effcet of a few minutes work, I just had to finish the job before I left.  Started well wrapped up & protected from the flag-shredding gusts, but three layers later, I was down to bare arms.

Dates are not the only fruit October 21, 2011

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Check out the preparations for next week’s National Honey Show – on Yummy Stuff page.  Looking for tasters,honey drizzler so comment or email me.

Best Bee News August 9, 2011

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After a nervous few days, the waiting’s over & there’s good news on my hives.  Check out The Bees page & get back to me soon.