The beginnings

Last year my cousin Steven finally got me going with something I have been keen about for quite some time, Beekeeping. It has been one of those interests that has been in the back of my mind for many a year. Finally I got around to doing something about it. We bought a National hive in bits from a company called Thornes and I put it together in my garage.

I painted it white and chose a suitable spot in our small back garden. The first year was a huge learning curve and we harvested 40 pounds of honey. We bought jars, produced our own labels and sold it to friends and family to cover my costs. The honey was outstanding.

This year we lost quite a few bees when they swarmed when I was away and since I have been home I have been keeping an eye on them. They seem fine.

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Mark Dexter 2015