Bee sociable

Beekeepers are very social creatures. They also seem able to negotiate with the Cornish weather-gods. So the Roseland beekeeping group\’s barbecue yesterday evening was absolutely lovely – outstandingly well-organised, fantastic food, lots of fascinating conversation about varroa-control methods and requeening… Well, OK, I find it fascinating.
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Being a shambolic creature myself, I\’m always amazed and impressed by good organisation. I gaze in admiration as you do when some ordinary person bounces across a mat doing somersaults in the air. Everything worked. There were marquees in case it rained – though in fact it didn\’t. There were tables and chairs. Everybody brought a plate of food that had clearly not only been beautifully cooked, but often lovingly home-grown as well.
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And the setting (once I found it) was idyllic, in a little green valley near St Austell. The only slight downside was that there was so much delicious food that I had to have seconds of everything, thus branding myself quite clearly the greediest person there.

Bee careful

Now I\’m worrying about my bees because the weather keeps being warm and sunny and then pouring with freezing rain and then back to warm and sunny inside fifteen minutes. My bees are yellow-stripy Italians not black British bees, so they no wanna fly when itsa wet. British bees (naturally) fly through the rain, cos they\’re tough, mean, hard bees but they\’re quite rare now because they were badly hit by varroa (the sneaky UnBritish parasites!).
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I can\’t go check them and feed them syrup because I\’m still not allowed to drive. I\’ll be watching them beeing inspected on Saturday and I\’m really hoping that the hive we took the swarm from will have a mated laying Queen. They seemed all right and not too unhappy when we looked at them last Friday, but I still worry.
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Oy. Those bees.