06-23-2012, 06:41 AM
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  • Persius
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We had a standard Saturday morning: I showered, shaved, had breakfast, and then we checked the bees, and then popped off to the allotment ... and then came home for lunch. In the back garden the first thing that greeted us was a swarm of bees in the Wisteria. We have keeping bees for only a few months, so we are really out of our depth here, but so far all is going well. We have the swarm in a cardboard box, and my partner has zapped off to our local bee-kit shop to get a basic new hive.

This is not what we had planned - we were supposed to be going down to Kent to see some friends and their new litters of micro-pigs. It's amazing what the day throws up.

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 06-23-2012, 06:53 AM
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  • Johnny
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Decisions, decisions; Bees or little pigs, what's one to do.Biggrin

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 06-23-2012, 08:34 AM
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(06-23-2012, 06:53 AM)Johnny Wrote: Decisions, decisions; Bees or little pigs, what's one to do.Biggrin

+1 Excellent, Johnny!

*Good luck with the swarm. You could turn the adventure into a made-for-tv movie. Hehe.

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 06-23-2012, 08:58 AM
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  • slantman
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I prefer Wild Flower HoneyBiggrin

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 06-23-2012, 09:04 AM
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  • Dave
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Honey versus Bacon?

Honey for me as well. Hope the day got better!!

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 06-23-2012, 10:49 AM
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Well that doesn't happen every day!

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 06-23-2012, 12:43 PM
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  • MaxP
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1 swarm + a box = another hive!

Good show man.


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 06-23-2012, 03:36 PM
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  • mikeperry
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Wishing you all the success with the new hive Thumbsup

When you have the time, some photos of the hives and the bees would be nice to see Smile

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 06-23-2012, 04:22 PM
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  • Johnny
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Ship some bees to St. Louis, Mike needs them to pollinate his flower garden.Biggrin

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 06-23-2012, 04:24 PM
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I would like pictures of the bees, the micro-hive, and the micro-pigs.

Order is not important.

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 06-23-2012, 04:37 PM
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(06-23-2012, 04:22 PM)Johnny Wrote: Ship some bees to St. Louis, Mike needs them to pollinate his flower garden.Biggrin

Hi Johnny

I'd take them, having our own hive, along with some chickens and a couple of pigs is on our "To Do List".

Unfortunately all three of those things (and other stuff) will have to wait until we move house, as our street's bylaws don't allow residents to keep such stuff on their property Sad

Take care, Mike

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 06-23-2012, 05:59 PM
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Bees in a box. Micro Pigs.

Some things you can't just can put on the calendar as part of the plan for the day. Variety is the spice of life.

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 06-24-2012, 11:02 AM
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  • Persius
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We now have two hives with bees going in & out of each. Double trouble!

I'll keep you posted as to how it goes - we have to leave them in peace for 3 weeks now before opening the hives up to have a look-see. By then there should be eggs in both hives, all being well.

After this weekend, I need a weekend. Off to work tomorrow to recover ...

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 06-27-2012, 10:57 AM
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  • Persius
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View of the apiary (for Mike):

First part of the garden:
   

Standing on the wall, looking down into the rear garden:
   

Side view of the new (foreground) & old (background) hives:
   

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 06-27-2012, 11:14 AM
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(06-27-2012, 10:57 AM)Persius Wrote: View of the apiary (for Mike)...

Hi

Thank you Thumbsup

You have a classic looking English back garden, very nice indeed Smile

I really like the brick paving path around the lawn and your flowerbeds have good scale...

The hives are in an excellent location (from the very little I know about keeping bees).

I hope you have a kettle and teapot setup in the garden shed Wink

Take care, Mike

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 06-27-2012, 11:29 AM
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  • Persius
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(06-27-2012, 11:14 AM)mikeperry Wrote: You have a classic looking English back garden, very nice indeed Smile
Thank you very much - we like it (only been working on it for the last 16 months), and think it is getting there.

The vine behind the hives is a red grape - and are very productive. Not bad for England, eh!

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 06-27-2012, 11:54 AM
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Great looking garden. Wishing you success with the Bees.

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 06-28-2012, 02:39 AM
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  • Persius
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(06-27-2012, 11:54 AM)Howler Wrote: Great looking garden. Wishing you success with the Bees.
Thanks, Howler.

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