Saturday, 28 May 2011

Adventures in Beekeeping

Hello lovelies - how are you? I hope all is well. It's been a BUSY couple of weeks, and I didn't want to post too soon after my last post as it all seemed a bit trivial somehow.

Anyway, to change direction completely, a thread about beekeeping. As you know, we have five beehives in our garden and Dominic and I take great interest in looking after our buzzy charges. The boys even like to get involved too - Charlie more than Jonathan, admittedly. They get suited and booted in their bee suit too, and help Dominic to go through the hives and check the bees are OK. They all love eating the honey, but I guess that goes without saying.

May - June is the time of the year that bees swarm. Dom is registered with East Riding Council as a beekeeper who will go and rescue swarms. He doesn't charge and the council should not either. This short film is a swarm that we recently rescued. In my opinion, it's a miracle that many people don't get to see. I hope you enjoy it.

See you soon

Claire x



  1. WOW, that was totally amazing, I can't believe how many they were and how they went up that sheet into their new home! Thank you so much for sharing this, fascinating! I love to watch the bees buzzing from flower to flower in my garden, they are enjoying my foxgloves right now and the lavender will soon be out too. I hope more people will help the bees. Catherine x

  2. Thats amazing. Well done on your Bee Rescue Mission!

  3. That was really, really interesting Claire! So many bees! My dad lives in South Africa and he had a particularly dangerous sort of bees in a huge hive in the roof of his house. He called in a bee keeper to remove them and was told that they were ready to swarm. It was an enormous hive, the biggest he had ever seen. Dad was amazed at the size of the hive when it was removed. Fascinating!

  4. Wow, that was amazing! x

  5. African bees have a reputation for being really aggressive too - blimey!