First Apiary Visit 2019

We were delighted to welcome our beginners to our first association apiary visit of the year lastnight. And what a lovely evening it was for it! Good news all-round… all of our colonies are alive and healthy. Check out the queen cup below, and the hive bursting with shiny happy bees 😁🐝🐝

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Natural comb found in a box. We began the process of helping the move house lastnight!

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Beginner’s beekeeping course, March 2019

We had a full house at our”Beginner’s Beekeeping” course! Thanks to all who came, to Paddy for his wonderful teaching throughout, and to Shane for his hive assembly demo on the first night. 🐝🐝

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A visit to the Slovene Ethnographic Museum, Jan 2019

We were treated to an impressive exhibition of world culture and beekeeping history with an extra-sensory touch in Ljubljana last week. The pictures below only capture a glimpse of the experience…

Vintage skeps and hives, pictured below. Common materials used for making the skeps were willow, clematis and cow dung. Ancient skep-making techniques are still used today, although the skeps are primarily used for collecting swarms.

 

Men and dogs even do the job as a beehive, with the dog’s mouth serving as an interesting hive entrance!

 

Below, a vintage hive-carrying cart, and a beautifully crafted honeycomb dome structure photographed from the elevator above.

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Visit the museum’s website: https://semuzej.business.site

Visit Ljubljana: https://www.slovenia.info/en

Building a tree-hive in the countryside! 

The Beekeepers are at it again, making an attractive trap-hive in the beautiful Carlow countryside! It’s a work in progress, and we’ll post a mini-vid of the action soon. It’ll hopefully be irresistable to a swarm, and the lucky bees can thank Carlow beekeeper Shane Kavanagh for constructing their cosy new pad!
(*don’t try this at home!!)

 

Heather Honey Lecture, Offaly, Nov 2018

Thanks to Offaly Beekeeping Association for giving us a lovely warm welcome in Tullamore this evening. Dr. Saorla Kavanagh’s lecture offered fascinating insights into her now world- famous Heather Honey research.
… and of course Anne grabbed a photo-op afterwards with Dr. Kavanagh, and FIBKA’s Ken Norton and Michael Gleeson! 😁

Blackstairs Farming Group Showcase 2018

 

The Beekeepers had a fantastic day in the beautiful village of Rathanna at the Blackstairs Farming Group Showcase. The sun was shining, the atmosphere was wonderful and our observation hive was a hit! The Beekeepers’ tent was as busy as a beehive all day with people of all ages stopping for a chat and a good look at the bees and their queen. We even got chatting with Pat Deering TD and Minister Andrew Doyle TD and posed for a photo (above).