I forgot to post a photo I took from Karin Alton’s talk - of her wearing a human-sized varroa mite she had made, in proportion to the size the mite is on a bee. Imagine carrying one of these around sucking the life out of you all day.
Last week I gave a presentation to some beginner beekeepers on the Ealing & District Association annual beginner’s course. I was quite nervous but enjoyed myself. I had been asked to talk about progressing with beekeeping through the British Beekeepers’ Association (BBKA) Basic Assessment and Module exams.
If you’re thinking of taking any of the BBKA exams, the presentation might be of interest to you. I’ve made it available online as an interactive presentation at Progressing with Beekeeping and a pdf version is here.
Lastly, I enjoyed this month’s BBKA News, especially an article by Julian Grazebook, Dorset BKA (p15-16). Julian’s account of beginning beekeeping includes this ode to cake:
“Beekeeping is not a frenetic hobby, but I continue to be surprised by the large number of volunteers dedicated to sharing their Saturday afternoons instructing beginners. Perhaps it is their love of cakes which the students are encouraged to bring to each lesson as a sort of penance. I do not know if this is a unique Dorset trait or if it is shared by all beekeepers, but I have eaten more varieties of cake in the last year than during the rest of my life.”
Ealing beekeepers appreciate a bit of cake too Julian, you are not alone!