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My journey back to beekeeping.

 
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stevebuzz
House Bee


Joined: 31 Jul 2014
Posts: 20
Location: Flitwick Bedfordshire UK

PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 1:19 pm    Post subject: My journey back to beekeeping. Reply with quote

A few more images as the season unfolds. I went from worrying about not getting any bees to having them all over the place and eventually running out of kit.
This all stared in September 2014 after a short 20 year break from beekeeping. Looking forward to early swarm collecting in 2015.
Please see images more to follow.

http://s1378.photobucket.com/user/steveg7was/library/?sort=6&page=1

Regards to all,
Stevebuzz. Very Happy


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trekmate
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Joined: 30 Nov 2009
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Location: UK, North Yorkshire, Bentham

PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 7:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see your hound likes being photographed too! Laughing

Looking well set for the coming season. Good Luck!
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stevebuzz
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Joined: 31 Jul 2014
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Location: Flitwick Bedfordshire UK

PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes she likes to be where ever I am. The apiary is a small detour on our regular walks, I have prepared the site over the months an hour here and there, she knows deer are about hence her switched on look, nothing distracts it until she figures there's nothing do or we've flushed them, she then settles in typical greyhound mode, lay down, take it easy.
As for the coming season, the kit is prepared and ready, me, I go through period of high confidence,Very Happy thinking ever things going to be fine, what can go wrong it's only a horizontal hive, the next minute I am look at 14" x 12" poly hives and other conventional hives I have experience with as a fall back option. Confused No I will make this work. Mad
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Stevebuzz.
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B kind
Scout Bee


Joined: 13 May 2013
Posts: 250
Location: Co.Wicklow, Ireland

PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow you are well organized! I love your insulated roofs, our bees would be jealous if they knew! They look like really well built hives.

The last picture has me guessing, Is it a heating cable in the insulated box with the plastic buckets? OK, I've just looked again and seen the caption underneath the picture, "warming cabinet". great idea.

Best of luck,
Kim
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stevebuzz
House Bee


Joined: 31 Jul 2014
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Location: Flitwick Bedfordshire UK

PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the kind remarks B Kind.
I started with a big list, that as fast as I finished one item, four more were added.
Being organised, not sure about that, I took over an abandoned apiary in 1988, in at the deep end, strong overflowing national hives, that had not been touched in two years. I can still remember the stress of always needing more hive parts, frames, foundation, feeders and knowledge etc, that was the driver to try and insure I have all I might need and more, plus with HTBH's there isn't a catalogue to pick stuff from.
The insulation in the roof is purely to keep the heat out due to the felt roofing material, I have since found a supply of used aluminium offset printing plates, as can be seen on the three short TBH's, just too late for the long hives. Mad
The insulation proper (in direct contact with the TB's) is a 50mm thick cushion rather like the cushions that bench garden furniture has, they cover the whole TB area.
I will post some more images; I find the pictures gallery a source inspiration and some good ideas.
Regards
Stevebuzz.
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Tavascarow
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Joined: 24 Jun 2008
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Location: UK Cornwall Snozzle

PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wish I was organised.
Excellent set up & a beautiful dog.
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meant2bee
Nurse Bee


Joined: 28 Aug 2014
Posts: 27
Location: Hawai'i, Kaua'i, Lawai

PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 1:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm lusting after those Hive Tools...
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stevebuzz
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Location: Flitwick Bedfordshire UK

PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi meant2bee,
Funny how this obsession makes you see beauty in things, that most people can't possible understand.
I hope they are as useful a they look.
Your location look like something to lust over.
Regards
Steve.
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meant2bee
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Joined: 28 Aug 2014
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Location: Hawai'i, Kaua'i, Lawai

PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

stevebuzz wrote:
Hi meant2bee,
Funny how this obsession makes you see beauty in things, that most people can't possible understand.
I hope they are as useful a they look.
Your location look like something to lust over.
Regards
Steve.

It certainly is a blessing to call Kaua'i home.
I like to joke that I'd had enough of California by the time I was two, but of course it is the wisdom and perseverance of my family that I have to thank for making it here.
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