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  1. fiat500bee

    Beekeeping reflections

    I hope I turn out to have "sensitive hands" ;) I don't have to look back far in history to reflect on what I would have done differently if starting again from scratch...it would be using Abelo poly shallow or deep boxes in a one-size stack in the style of the Rose Hive. So I would also hope...
  2. fiat500bee

    Bee trees

    I try to harmonise with you @derekm because it's my favourite genre too 😁
  3. fiat500bee

    Bee trees

    Oh no, your playing to the tune of @derekm . ;) Music to his ears.🕺
  4. fiat500bee

    How big is your entrance!!!!

    I did the same at first but have since compromised with half the guard covered with aluminium tape.
  5. fiat500bee

    Beekeeping reflections

    ... similar story here. 😁 She's now absconded from responsibility
  6. fiat500bee

    They won't take it down!

    ....not literally, but hefting, yes. Not that I would know what the right heft was. ;) I'm reasonably strong for my age, so things have to be actually nailed down before they feel nailed down to me. ;) Both colonies have a super of stores...it's mainly not honey as they acquired it when I...
  7. fiat500bee

    They won't take it down!

    That will be it. :banghead:
  8. fiat500bee

    They won't take it down!

    I'm jealous of that. We've had balsam for probably two months,or ,ore, but must have stopped now. It's upside down for me..the locals have been the best foragers all year.
  9. fiat500bee

    They won't take it down!

    Wierdly (perhaps?), here in the north of Scotland, my Buckfast are out and about, 9 C and slight drizzle. I have no idea what they've found,; even our ivy is yet to come. Meanwhile, the sleepy-head, ragtag, local bees are mooching around in the hive. :rolleyes:
  10. fiat500bee

    The mechanism of colonies -- QE

    Yes, you said that previously. :chillpill:
  11. fiat500bee

    What did you do in the 'workshop' today

    .......some might get kicked out.....
  12. fiat500bee

    Illegal vaping and new laws

    As I understand it, it's an Act of Parliament intended to make it lawful for agents of the UK Government to do certain things which are illegal under Common Law. "Spy Cops" , (as some people call them, ) may already commit serious offences or abuse innocent people,and at the moment, they could...
  13. fiat500bee

    The mechanism of colonies -- QE

    He invented and patented the specific design and dimensions of the Rose box, although as he states his book, it is simply a modification to the National. Obviously anyone can use any one size of box and no doubt many people were doing so long before he claimed OSB for his own. It is also...
  14. fiat500bee

    The mechanism of colonies -- QE

    True, the Rose Hive method can use any boxes at all, but as it is "a method", it involves management practises, which when they are adopted together, result in a distinctive beekeeping style. Separately, all of the things it involves are parts of traditional beekeeping; . Obviously no-one is...
  15. fiat500bee

    The mechanism of colonies -- QE

    One of the basic principles of that method is that an excluder isn't used.
  16. fiat500bee

    The mechanism of colonies -- QE

    I agree with everything else you're saying, but you can operate a modified Rose Hive Method using any range of box sizes and get all the benefits of doing so apart from being able to use any frame anywhere in the hive. Non-use of an exluder seems reasonably commonplace. The placing of additional...
  17. fiat500bee

    Hive Alive

    I'm straying into anthropomorphism and as you say, I'm incorrect, saying that honey is bees' favourite food, but pure sucrose isn't either. I'm also straying from the subject of "Hive Alive', which I have no intention of using. I've also used excessively complex statements not backed up by...
  18. fiat500bee

    Hive Alive

    Learned from personal experience? ;)
  19. fiat500bee

    Hive Alive

    ......true experts should keep an open mind.
  20. fiat500bee

    High mite count

    ..You're halfway (first sentence) to being a treatment-free beekeeper then.....I'll get me coat. ;)
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