Bee-keeping in GuildfordGetting 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.
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.
A standard start to 2023…
And here we go again with swarms and general chicanery.
Cocktails for wasps
Friday night in our apiary is all about cocktails for wasps. Quality cider. Premium Gin. And no hangover to worry about.
It’s a bee’s life
With the foraging season coming to a close, it's time to make a decision: Leave the girls with their spoil, or spoil their day.
Bees on quaaludes
The girls had been up to more antics, but we were rewarded in fine style by hearing tooting.
Oh come on, this is getting plain ridiculous. The girls now taking to the sky most days...
Bee street party
Not for the first time, the girls get some sun, and stretch their wings over the garden.