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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bees are all dead Crying or Very sad

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shocked Aww no!! Was it the snow and such cold weather Tara? Will you start over? xxx

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

don't know what killed them...they were fine a week ago Confused

and yup, I already ordered a new colony Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Atta girl Very Happy You must be gutted tho, especially if they were ok a few days ago. I know nuffink about bees, but maybe someone clever will be along in a bit with some useful advice.

The bees are dead - long live the bees Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 12:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blimey! Sorry to hear that Tara. It is a worry isn't it when they can just drop like that

Glad to hear you got another colony though and I wish you all the best with it Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really sorry to hear that Tara Sad Glad you've got a new lot coming though , do you have any idea what killed them? Sad
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awww Tara - sorry to hear about your bees Sad Hope the new colony proves to be a bit tougher Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Right then Tara - we've just been to the North Lincs Bee Keepers Association monthly meeting as advised by John the Goat bloke (who is also John the bee bloke) - my question for you is......,..

Are all beekeepers cantakerous old gits who's method of varoa mite control, swarm collection, honey extraction etc etc is better than anybody elses?

What a strange bunch they were, friendly old biddies who clearly weren't comfortable making conversation but felt they had to to be polite, Stadler & Waldorf who were about 190 years old and kept bees for Queen Victoria, John the goat bloke who doesn't breathe at all just talks, blue sock and sandal guy and man in charge of publications who was obviously the "Queen" bee! And a very rude woman who just talked all the way through the very interesting presentaions on favourite bee gadgets!
The members secretary - when asked about help available to new beekeepers - pointed us in the direction of a course, which is fine except they don't run any Rolling Eyes

I have a huge bruise on my chest where Delpet kept digging me in the ribs because she thought I might say something inappropriate - me be inappropriate now that would never happen would it Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yep! that's pretty much it Laughing

We're quite lucky in that our beek club has been shaken up by a Czech bee guru (the biddies call him the czech thundercloud) who has lots of 'newfangled' ideas from Europe.

Oh! and he did run a course, I went on it and it was damned good and the queen's beekeeper came to visit and told us 'just do what the czech says and you'll be ok' which was helpful except that I did and my bees died Confused

Our club is famous hereabouts for fabulous home made cakes in the teabreaks too Wink

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

blimey don't think this lot could cope with a cezch bloke lol they struggle with folks from Goxhill ( Goxhill is a village on the edge of the county that where you need a visa to enter Rolling Eyes Laughing )

have to say though that I poked Andy in the ribs once lolololol he is such a drama queen
Rolling Eyes Laughing Laughing

could do with some cakes though we had jaffa cakes Laughing

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know what you mean. We have tried without success to get someone to have an information stand about beekeeping at our open days. Some types just don't like sharing information, it's as if they will die if they share the secret Laughing I asked about a variety of onion at a local show last year and was met with a deafening silence all around. It was if I'd trumped in church Rolling Eyes Tumbleweeds blew for a good few minutes but I didn't get an answer Rolling Eyes

I would have no problem getting a stall there to sell honey though, funny that Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got ground nesting bees in my chicken run Very Happy Been keeping my eye on their comings and goings and they seem very well settled in. They are safe in there with all my hardening-off veg. They enter the nest at ground level so I assume they're ground nesting bees, but I don't have a clue what they are. Little and insignificant looking (a bit like yours truly) Twisted Evil
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