Kyles of Bute with sky reflected in water

The best laid plans…

Kyles of Bute This summer I was going to be staying with Mike & Lesley Palmer in Vermont, followed by a road trip to Toronto via Niagra Falls. Alas COVID intervened. Instead, we bundled into the car (farting beagle too)…
Steve Donohoe At the Artisan Fair on Red House Farm

Keeping us on our Toes

At the Artisan Fair on Red House Farm I'm back from my holiday in Lanzarote. I have seamlessly adjusted from blue skies and 26 deg Celsius to whatever ridiculous weather we have here in Manchester. My bees are not flying;…
Sacks of sugar in back of car

Beekeeping in Three Charts

Beekeepers are easy to spot by what's in their car Over the years, I have figured out a few things about beekeeping in my area. Every area will be different, but the one that I care about is the one…
The Fool

Mistakes!

The Fool In beekeeping, as in life, everybody makes mistakes. Even bees occasionally make them. The hard part is owning up to them. Douglas Adams said, "a common mistake that people make when trying to design something foolproof is to…
Wind Gust Chart from Dark Sky

Local Knowledge: Weather

Wind Gust Chart from Dark Sky What a difference a few weeks makes, weather-wise, in this crazy country I live in. As I munched my way through two slices of malted grain toast with butter and orange marmalade, I looked…
hand drawn walrus

7 Lessons from Beekeepers

I have been lucky enough to meet, interview, hang out with and in some cases work with people who have kept bees for most of their lives, and who are at the top of their game. Surely even I, a…
Bees on Ivy

Inconsistency

Firstly, my dear Dad died last week. Apart from being a Dad, which is a pretty big thing to be, he was a loyal reader of this blog. Dads are meant to be supportive of their son's endeavours, and mine…