Tuesday, 6 August 2013

BEEHIVES!!!!!!

So yesterday there was a big delivery of five large packages delivered to my house. My Son initially got VERY excited as it's his 18th birthday on Wednesday but I soon told him that no in fact the packages were full of hives and equipment for the bees and absolutely nothing to do with his birthday..lol

I still won't be getting my own bees on the allotment until next year but I wanted to get everything now as there is such a huge array of things to consider when buying that when I had finally come to a decision I figured it was best to make my purchases and then I would stop doubting myself and changing my mind as I spoke to different bee-keepers.

More about that later...for now I will just show you what I have bought.

Polystyrene hives complete with deep brood boxes, two supers and feeder
Polystyrene hives complete with deep brood boxes, two supers and feeder.

Two poly nucs with 'ekes' to convert to deep brood and frames and wax sheets
Two poly nucs with 'ekes' to convert to deep brood and frames and wax sheets.
It's all very exciting...now I need to purchase my shed for the bee plot so I have somewhere to store stuff and I really need to get on with setting up my beds and start sowing things. I'm kind of like a little kid on Christmas eve...next year just can't come round soon enough!!

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    1. That is a major understatement tpals...HUGE GRINS!!!!!

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  2. It's going to be fun watching your progress with the bees.

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    1. Just hope I don't make too many mistakes Ratty and that the bees have been reading all the same books as me!

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  3. Lucky you! I have a dream of keeping bees one day, so I would have been hugely excited as well. And I'll be interested to learn from you when your bees arrive.

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    1. Thanks CJ. I do feel very lucky. Definitely get bees, I have learnt so much since I started getting interested and the more I learnt the more I wanted hives. They are such amazing creations of mother nature!!

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    1. Yes Sue, they are relatively new to the UK but been in use in Scandinavia for many years. The polystyrene is warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer making the bees lives easier. Also they are easier cleaned and don't need treating as wood ones do.

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  5. sorry I've missed a few posts here, trying desperately to catch up with everyone. Very exciting purchase. I assume your son was a bit disappointed though that the delivery wasn't for his birthday....lol

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    1. You and me both Ann. He was a little disappointed...until his birthday and he got an Ipad!!

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  6. Looks very exciting! Happy birthday to your son!

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  7. Dear Tanya, I can hear the excitement in your voice. It is wonderful to have such enthusiasm for this project. You are putting your heart into this.
    Happy birthday to your son. I wish him a beautiful day and lots of good memories.
    Blessings dear Tanya. Catherine xo

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    1. Thanks Catherine...I really do like to throw my heart and soul into my new projects and learn all that I can!!

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