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MARY



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Location: Leicestershire Warwickshire borders
PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 09 5:01 pm    Post subject: Have a look where my bees are...... sooo fantastic!  Reply with quote    

Have a look where my bees are......

http://www.flickr.com/photos/esneri/

They have been there a year now, sent off 4 fair sized swarms in one day back in June.
My workshop has such a lovely gentle honey and wax scent.

Mary

Jamanda
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 09 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Cool pictures!

Welcome to the site Mary.

Tavascarow



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 09 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Wow!
Very rare to see them exposed in the UK.
In warmer drier climates they will do this but our climate tends to be too wet & they move to a hollow tree or similar.
I would be tempted to move them to a hive but a natural nest like that is certainly a thing of beauty.
Welcome from me too.

judith



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 09 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Fantastic pictures. I bet you waste an awful lot of time watching them!

sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 09 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Amazing pictures, I've never seen an exposed colony like that stay in good shape over a winter, they must be really happy there

frewen



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 09 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Wow - that is incredible

Gervase



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 09 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Fabulous pictures.

MARY



Joined: 01 Aug 2009
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Location: Leicestershire Warwickshire borders
PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 09 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

[quote="Tavascarow"]Wow!
Very rare to see them exposed in the UK.
In warmer drier climates they will do this but our climate tends to be too wet & they move to a hollow tree or similar.
I would be tempted to move them to a hive but a natural nest like that is certainly a thing of beauty.
Welcome from me too.

Thanks for the welcome folks. Yes I do spend a lot of time watching, with magnifyers and a small torch at night, rather than working! The architecture seems so random but comes together building both strength and protection.
Absolutely facinating. It is a very large and strong colony at the moment. What was incredible was that they survived last winter. I nearly went up to get the honey comb, so glad I didn't! I may try for one small piece of comb? Or do you think I may disturb them? I don't want to loose them.

Ageing Hippy



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 09 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

There`s an article in the current Permaculture Magazine about 'Sustainable Beekeeping'. There`s a picture just like that captioned 'Natural Combs'.
Fascinating.

Mary-Jane



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 09 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Gosh - what amazing pics!

Mrs Baggins



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 09 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

WOW Mary! Those pics are to die for! You lucky thing! So lovely to see you just left them to it instead of stuffing them in a hive! They look wonderful there!

Do you ever open the window in your study??

Very, very cool.

Welcome to the site too!

MARY



Joined: 01 Aug 2009
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Location: Leicestershire Warwickshire borders
PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 09 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

<Those pics are to die for! > I know!! Yep I am VERY lucky!

< So lovely to see you just left them to it instead of stuffing them in a hive! > Thanks - That's what I think and I've learned a bit.

<Do you ever open the window in your study?? > I'm thinking about it, it's a sash window so I will have to screw the top one in place first!?:

vegplot



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 09 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

judith wrote:
Fantastic pictures. I bet you waste an awful lot of time watching them!


Never a waste of time

Effie



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 09 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They are amazing pictures. How fascinating to be able to watch them like that on a daily basis.

vegplot



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 09 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

This demands a web cam.

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