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Temple Bee News - November 2012
It has been a mixed year for the Honey Bees of Temple. Over the winter two hives died out. This was mainly due to the damp weather and going into the winter in a weak condition due to the poor summer of 2011.
Sadly, in 2011 my bee mentor, Gordon, who lived at Fushiebridge, died. Gordon had help set up my hives when I first started and was always on hand to offer help and advice.
The bees returned to Temple in May. We were lucky enough to inherit two of Gordon’s hives. They joined the remaining two hives on the back wall of number 9, heading straight out in to the field to forage. The bees liked this spot with the early morning sun warming them up to start their long days work. The season started to look good, but this soon changed with a wet and windy summer, not good for bees flying.
During July the bees swarmed several times. Bees usually swarm when they are successful. They have filled up the hive with honey stores and young new bees. The existing queen takes off to find a new home taking half the flying bees with her. A new virgin queen hatches in the hive, goes off on a mating flight, and returns to starts laying eggs . If you are lucky, you can catch the old queen and her bees and re-house them in one of your hives.
Bee swarm in tree
The Temple bees this year just swarmed and swarmed, for no apparent reason. We managed to catch most of them and ended up with 7 hives on the wall. The bees managed to get out over the remaining summer collecting nectar up to two miles away from Temple.
Re - housing swarm
We harvested the honey in September and have been feeding the bees with sugar and water ever since.
Echinops ritro Veitch's Blue is a wonderful flower that attracts many bees. Plant some now.
Our honey is jarred raw and has not been heat treated. RSO has a tendency to set very hard. There is a choice of 3 textures of honey from us. It is all from the same harvest.
You can use the wax in woodwork, mix with turpentine for polish, cosmetics, candles, fly fishing lines, etc... or just hold and smell.
Contact us at 01875 830207 to buy Honey or wax. It is also sold at Temple Post Office.
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