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)…
Bee Hive and Smoker images by Squg Creative

What do you want?

Bee Hive and Smoker I need a new project! I'm thinking of doing one particular beekeeping topic in great depth, drawing on the expertise of experienced beekeepers and also the literature. Please can you let me know what you think…
Mike Palmer moving a barrel of honey

Dreaming of 2020

Mike Palmer moving a barrel of honey I often like to have some theme for my blog posts, but today I'm just writing whatever pops into my head. There are lots of things to say about bees, but after a…
Honey Show Entries - jars of clear honey

Navigation Issues

Honey Show Entries At the risk of revealing my grumpy old man tendencies, I shall describe a series of unfortunate events which unfolded earlier today. Perhaps somebody will identify with circumstances like these when multiple small problems cluster together to…
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…
Green Fields https://flic.kr/p/8RnP8z

Mind The Gap

Green Fields https://flic.kr/p/8RnP8z So Long, Spring Spring is over. I'm not going by the calendar but by what I see at my beehives, although as it happens, the two are in synch. We are now in what they call the…