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  1. BigAshW

    Collecting smoker fuel

    I collect rotten wood from our forest apiary and use cardboard packaging and a straw fire stater to get it going. I also make all my hive parts out of pallet wood other than the boxes themselves which I buy the pine multi packs from bee equipment when they have them in stock. If I ever get...
  2. BigAshW

    "Survivor bees" found in Blenheim Forest

    I picked up a colony from a tree fall in a forest last year. From the state of the comb it was obvious that there had been a colony in that tree for some time however no way of knowing if it was this colony or not. The bees were very dark and noticeably smaller than mine possibly due to the...
  3. BigAshW

    What did you do in the Apiary today?

    Collected the off cuts of insulation kindly provided by the rugby club we're helping out with a new apiary. All hives wrapped and top insulated now.
  4. BigAshW

    What did you do in the Apiary today?

    Sorted out the back garden hives today. Feeders off and mouseguards on five poly nucs and one late swarm in a full box. One of the nucs and the swarm still felt a bit light so I've added fondant to them. Will pick up the insulation on Wednesday so will get all the full hives a slab of...
  5. BigAshW

    What did you do in the 'workshop' today

    The rugby club who've asked me to set up an apiary for them have just dropped me a message asking if I want these! Just in time for winter insulation.
  6. BigAshW

    Plastic Frames

    Sounds like a gap in the market for you Patrick. 😜
  7. BigAshW

    Show me the honey.

    Oddly enough we've moved hives away from an allotment site this year and the plot holders are all asking us to bring them back. Our apiary there which is now being re-established has green netting around it to a height of six feet and other than one occasion when a hive turned nasty and I had...
  8. BigAshW

    What's flowering as forage in your area

    I've seen them looking in to the flowers.
  9. BigAshW

    What's flowering as forage in your area

    There's a huge hedge of this plant on my walk to the station and the bees are all over it. Ignoring the ivy next to it in preference.
  10. BigAshW

    Plastic Frames

    Yeah this is my problem as well. Not a lot of kit out there for those of us on commercial. That's the reason I advised some newbies I'm mentoring to go for nationals in the end even if it's not the best system. I think it's just easier to be inline with 90% of the country. I have some...
  11. BigAshW

    What did you do in the Apiary today?

    Popped up to get the mouseguards on our forest apiary. Most felt pretty heavy put some fondant on a couple as it's what I had available and I'm not sure when I can get back to this apiary. Still plenty of activity and pollen going in.
  12. BigAshW

    Mead and wine making

    I don't use my honey for mead.
  13. BigAshW

    Mead and wine making

    Nope nothing like my recipe I used cold brewed filter coffee to reduce the bitterness. Sugar to bring to an OG of 1.110 Then raisins and orange zest plus the juice from the orange. Yeast is lalvin ec-1118 When primary has finished I'll rack and leave for a while then check again. As long...
  14. BigAshW

    Mead and wine making

    All started. Now I have Nice bubbling sound to drift of to sleep with instead of the white noise machine. 😆
  15. BigAshW

    Buckfast

    I have purchased queen's from Northumberland Honey this year. One mated but the rest as virgins. Will be interesting to see how they go next year compared to my original stocks.
  16. BigAshW

    Mead and wine making

    Started a couple of brews yesterday. A spiced mead and a tea wine both using the recipes from city steading on YouTube. Both of those are bubbling away nicely in my wardrobe. Tonight I have and brew coffee to start another wine with and the final brew for the year will be five gallons of a...
  17. BigAshW

    No honey show this year .............for us its all online.

    Will you have the packs of pine commercial brood boxes in stock? @Patrick1 I have a new apiary to set up and have found these packs of five to be very good.
  18. BigAshW

    Bees refusing syrup

    Ok guys I'll see what I can do about getting some insulation on top.
  19. BigAshW

    Bees refusing syrup

    No. They have been check by the SBI who said they were sound. Not run any tests for anything though.
  20. BigAshW

    Bees refusing syrup

    No. I dribbled it last time I was up and it made no difference.
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