Autumn Sales

Beekeepers never like paying full price, one tradition is to stock for spring at the autumn and winter sales. Popular with HBKA members is Thornes at their Windsor branch, this year Saturday 5th September from 10 am. Pre-paid orders to be collected need to be in by 1st September. The pre-order system makes the sale less a scramble than it used to be but you can still turn up on the day to buy. Their website has lists of hive parts, frames and other basics that are mostly of "seconds" timber plus the cheaper lines of queen excluders, extractors and other items.

HBKA Annual Honey Show

Our own Honey Show is on 31st Aug at Headstone Manor. Format change from last year, HBKA Honey show is part of the the Harrow in Leaf Show and the whole event is now the Headstone Village Show and it is for one day only,  Monday 31st August. Show format is to enter one or more classes, 20p per class, £1 minimum. Everybody contributes to the occasion and everyone learns something, no matter how long they have been showing. Click "Read more" below for links and times.

Honey Extraction

extractor

After the honey extraction on Sunday it seemed opportune to show some of the equipment available when your beekeeping gets a little more volume orientated. Click on the image above to see how it's done beyond the hobby scale.

Bumblebees

Lots of calls at this time of year are about bumble bees. These bees are furry and make small nests every year then the queen hibernates over winter. Click on the picture for some frequently seen types.

Clive de Bruyn

Clive

Stories were circulating on several bee sites about the passing of Clive, author of "Practical Beekeeping" and well known from talks at conferences. Happily, not true it turns out. Like Mark Twain before him, reports of Clive de Bruyn's passing were greatly exaggerated. Expect any talks he's giving in the near future to be well attended, reserve a place early.

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