Bees at the National Ploughing Champs 2019

What an unbelievably busy and well-run event! There was great interest in the bees and in beekeeping at the FIBKA (Federation of Irish Beekeepers Associations) tent. With 2 observation hives, it wasn’t hard to keep people interested in the bees. We also did 2 talks, one at the ICA stage and at inCarlow stage… well done all!

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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