Tag Archives: Thomas Bickerdike

Pollen, nosema and the case of three missing queens

This Saturday Tom ran a nosema IDing demo at the apiary. He had a microscope attached to his laptop so that he could show us what he was seeing on the screen and even take photos. After finding zero nosema in … Continue reading

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Return of the piper

What a beautiful day it was yesterday. Today is predicted to be even better, a very un-March like 15°C/59ºF in London! As Jonesie said, there was a “buzz in the air” at the apiary. The bees were zipping in and … Continue reading

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Into the dark of winter

The winter preparations for our hives continue. Mouseguards are on and sugar syrup feeding has finished. Tom Bickerdike has been helping Emma and me out by adding insulation to our hive roofs, sealing it in with an extra wooden layer. … Continue reading

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Getting our hives in order

More winter preparations down at the apiary today. I hadn’t had time to make a cake, but luckily Cliff came to the rescue with a luscious mascarpone, lime and blackberry flavoured cheesecake (think that’s what he said). So creamy. We … Continue reading

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Tea, cake, sunshine and two new queens

The last time I wrote about our hives at the beginning of July, Queens Neroli and Ginger had mysteriously disappeared and we were left looking at two emergency queen cells. Three weeks later, would our new queens have mated? The … Continue reading

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