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! 😁

Taste of Carlow Food and Craft Fair 2014

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A great day all round was had at the Taste of Carlow Food and Craft Fair 2014. Large crowds descended on C.B.A’s stall for the chance to spot a queen bee in action, and a jar of local honey. The word was well and truly spread about Carlow Beekeepers Association; we even had a quick television interview with Irish TV!