Holding our gentle bees with my (now – sadly – ex) hive partner, Emma Tennant. I’m on the left, Emma’s on the right. Emma also has a blog at missapismellifera.com.
I have recently relocated to Truro in Cornwall from Ealing, west London. I have a couple of hives in Cornwall, one of which is a swarm I captured and one which I bought from a local beekeeper. From 2008 until August 2017 I kept bees in the Ealing Beekeepers Association’s apiary in Perivale, sharing hives with the lovely Emma. This blog was started as a record for myself of my various beekeeping related tribulations and occasional successes.
In 2012 I started taking the British Beekeeping Association (BBKA)’s beekeeping exam modules and so far have passed Module 1 (Honey bee Management), Module 2 (Honey bee Products and Forage), Module 3 (Honey bee Pests, Diseases and Poisoning) and Module 6 (Honey bee Behaviour). It has been fun learning more about bees. Module 5 on Biology will probably be next!
I have started a Pinterest board called Bee fun, which has lots of photos of solitary bee hotels and gorgeous bees from around the world, some of which are green and shiny.
Anyone wanting official information and advice on how to keep bees in Britain should visit the BBKA website: www.bbka.org.uk and should probably not do anything they read here!