Tag Archives: bees in winter

What’s flowering now: mid February

Last week we had another brief flurry of snow, and it was back to huddling with my coat on in the office. But then this weekend brought sunshine, and it was wonderful to see the bees pinging back and forth … Continue reading

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Beekeepers in the snow

It takes a certain type of lunatic person to be a beekeeper. That type of person is prepared to turn up and talk bees, drink tea and eat cake in all weathers, and that includes snow! A great selection of … Continue reading

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A poem to mark the winter solstice

Today’s winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, has become important to me since I started beekeeping. Although today is the darkest day, I know that every day that follows will become that little bit longer and brighter, and … Continue reading

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Winter beekeepers

We are having a cold snap of frosty mornings and even light sprinklings of snow occasionally. Last Saturday some hardy Ealing winter beekeepers gathered round our outside table, sheltered from the elements only by a canopy to keep the rain … Continue reading

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Snowy days, snowy bees

We have in Ealing what I’m sure Phillip and his bees over at the Mud Songs blog in Newfoundland, Canada would think of as a light dusting of snow, a mere icing sugar like sprinkling. Personally I am enjoying it. … Continue reading

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More signs of spring

They’re finding pollen now!  A sign that the queen is likely to be laying, as pollen is used to feed brood (as well as being eaten by young adult bees). They should have some pollen stores in the frames but … Continue reading

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Happy November bees

Feeling quite satisfied with yesterday’s beekeeping. The following tasks were accomplished: Drinking tea Eating sponge cake with strawberry jam my friend Annie sent from California Purchasing a mouseguard (75p) and putting it on Sawing down our entrance reducer, which was … Continue reading

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Winter bees advice from Andy Pedley

This month’s Ealing Beekeepers newsletter from Andy Pedley contained some helpful wintering advice which I hope he won’t mind me putting up here, mostly so I can find it again next year: It’s the end of the season … hopefully … Continue reading

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Fondant munchers

Mixed emotions at the apiary today. Happiness because my bees are doing well, sadness because we looked at more dead hives today. Bear in mind that the last lot of fondant I put on took two months for my bees … Continue reading

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January’s bees are flying

Visited my bees for the first time since mid-December to wish them Happy New Year. To my surprise, they popped their heads out of the hive to see me (or, more likely, to poo) and were flying all over the … Continue reading

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