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  1. Ouarda


    They make really good wine and jam, sloes are best picked after the first frosts:hurray:
  2. Ouarda


    when they go purple they make quite good jam :)
  3. Ouarda

    Solar wax extractor

    OMG are they for real???????:smilielol5::smilielol5::smilielol5: Not sure what planet they live on but it ain't this one:nature-smiley-014:
  4. Ouarda

    Damn Wasps

    not wasps they kill bees lol:ack2:
  5. Ouarda

    Damn Wasps

    Rebels Rule ok:party:
  6. Ouarda

    Damn Wasps

    Hi Guys, Many thanks for all the supportive posts and PM's I'm feeling much better about things now, still not got hold of a new queen but am off to see a man about a bee tomorrow lunchtime. :) I sorted out the bees being upset with blocking off the entrance and they seem to be happier now. I...
  7. Ouarda

    Damn Wasps

    trying but no joy yet got a couple numbers to try so keeping my fingers crossed :)
  8. Ouarda

    Damn Wasps

    I did try closing it right down but the bees were really upset by it, so I opened it up a bit for them, won't do that again
  9. Ouarda

    Damn Wasps

    Thanks for the replies :) I know even with another queen it will be hard for them to get through the winter as they are reduced to only a couple of frames of bees. I don't know what the wasp situation is like in the UK but it's a record year for them here, everybody is complaining about them.
  10. Ouarda

    Damn Wasps

    Done all you suggested yesterday but moving hive is not an option. When I opened the hive yesterday abbout 20 wasps exited out the top of the hive, no sign of wasps today though so my little bonfire seems to have done the trick.:hurray: What was really annoying is the entrance was closed...
  11. Ouarda

    Damn Wasps

    Hi guys had a huge setback at the weekend due to that nasty black and yellow bandit, the wasp :mad::smash::smash: My poor little swarm has been really badly attacked and I think they killed the queen and killed loads of the new grubs. As the swam was only little to start this has really done...
  12. Ouarda

    rhubarb leaves

  13. Ouarda

    Roof Metal

    due to magpie air raid I now have a torch on felt roof, bees seem quite happy :sifone::D:D
  14. Ouarda


    and where exactly are you?????????:toetap05::toetap05::toetap05:
  15. Ouarda

    Senior Moment

    what would the young do without us oldies???:cheers2:
  16. Ouarda


    I thought I'd just let everyone know I inspected my hive today and apart from being a bit spikey the girls seem to have survived the air raid without any damage. :party::party: I didn't even get stung although some of them took to sitting on my veil for the whole time I had the hive open. :)
  17. Ouarda


    thanks for the replies :cheers2: the traps and shooting are not a problem my other half is a serious hunter so we can get rid of them easily enough :smash::smash: :smilielol5: I'm more curious about the way they were actally attacking the hive and will this upset the girls enough for them to...
  18. Ouarda


    Hi Guys, :( Just had a really nasty thing happen to my girls............5 magpies set on the hive attacking the girls and trying to get in the hive. They were quite aggressive pecking at the roof and sides of the hive as well as trying to get in the entrance. I know woodpeckers can be a pain...
  19. Ouarda

    What a year that was! (Long post...).

    :coolgleamA::coolgleamA::coolgleamA: wow what a busy bunny you've been :D but it sounds like you've had a ball. Keep up the good work:hurray::hurray:
  20. Ouarda

    jar filling, looking for somthing like this

    Yep I'd go for a jam funnel you can get them with adapters for different jar mouth sizes bee-smilliebee-smilliebee-smilliebee-smilliebee-smillie