11/05/2022

Bee-Keeping

Bee-keeping in Guildford

Getting our bees in May 2021, we’ve found that life as an amateur bee-keeper has not been simple. Rewarding? Mostly. Educational? Always. Simple? Not on your life!

As much as they’re truly wondrous creatures, they do provide their fair share of worries and frustrations.

Bees on hive corner

The articles that follow generally started their life as mini-posts on my Facebook page. They’re written with mixed tones, and hopefully have a little levity in them. They’re not designed to be training materials (far from!), and are written with the knowledge and mindset I had at the time of writing.

I take my bee-keeping incredibly seriously, knowing that I’m a guardian of the bees with some responsibility for their welfare. I also have a high awareness that bees can be threatening to some, and can result in medical emergency for others. So, when we’re managing them, and making decisions, our neighbours and local community in Onslow Village, Guildford are always front of mind.

Parental advisory: I’ve been known to swear at, around, and in relation to the bees.

Queen bee emerging

Bees on quaaludes

The girls had been up to more antics, but we were rewarded in fine style by hearing tooting.
Close-up of bee on hive

Again? Really?

Oh come on, this is getting plain ridiculous. The girls now taking to the sky most days...
Bearded bee hive in Guildford

Bee street party

Not for the first time, the girls get some sun, and stretch their wings over the garden.
Empty honey jar

Bloody bees

The price of our honey is increasing quickly, as our girls decide they want to live in a different postcode, and our lives are too full.
Spring landing board

First inspection of 2022

Our first inspection of 2022 leaves us full of hope that this year will yield a bumper crop of honey, and the girls will be settled.

If you’d like to know more about me or my experience, and how I can help your business, please get in touch. I’d love to chat.