Monday, November 9, 2009

Bees flying

Of little interest to the general public out there but I want to record the fact that in yesterday's glorious sunshine, I took the opportunity to remove the Ashworth feeder from the hive.  [I hadn't been able to go near the hive for ages for one reason or another.]

Plenty of bees were flying and there was even the very occasional forager bringing in ivy pollen!  As you'd expect there was a massive fall in the number of bees under the cover and thankfully no sign of those cursed earwigs!

That's all for bee news. 

On a personal note, I have to congratulate my wonderful fiancee, Elva, who completed her first 10 kilometre run on Saturday morning in the most dreadful conditions.  Until 2 months ago, she'd never run anywhere.  The course was along a stretch of brand new motorway about one and half hour's drive from us.  The motorway is yet to be opened to traffic so don't worry there wasn't any traffic to dodge!   The local school which was bypassed by the new road organised the run and would have benefitted from sponsorship and the entrant fees collected so it was a great day for everyone involved.  I even bumped into one of my fellow members from the local beekeeping association who coincidentally had completed the race with his wife!

6 comments:

Kat said...

Good for Elva!! That is not an easy task.

Lynn said...

Hi Cliff. My bees are doing much the same. Out for a few hours on mild days and content to mostly just hang out in the hives the rest of the time. Wondering if your next hive will be Top Bar? I know from reading Ngaio's blog, you're seeming very intersted.

Congrats to Elva. You must be proud of her. I found out a long time ago that running can be as addictive as beekeeping. My husband became a runner and didn't slow down until he had completed 3 marathons, one being our famed Boston. I'll stick with beekeeping ;)

The Beneficial Bee said...

Isn't it amazing how bees can still find pollen when so little is left?! They really are intelligent. Congrats to Elva!

Barbara's Spot on the Blog said...

Congrats Elva on your fine achievement. You worked hard for this and vitory is yours!
Cliff, not a boring post at all. In fact you're confirming that your Sunday weather was probably as nice as ours (I worked on my sun tan) and opened my hives too. Soon enough it'll be that white stuff.....

Ngaio said...

Yes Cliff, we do have English meanings to Maori words ! Kia ora means hello, kowhai - yellow and all the other words we use. I try to pronounce Maori properly, it is a lovely language. Alot of our place names are Maori and all have an English meaning, etc Ngaruawahia (silent `g`) means the meeting of the 2 waters, with the small town centred around the merging of the Waikato and Waipa rivers.Hamilton, where I live has a Maori name which is not used alot, it is Kirikiriroa meaning long gravel bank.

Congrats to Elva, far to hard for me, I prefer walking at a gentle pace, checking out the gardens as I meander along - haha

Mark's Bee-Haven said...

Howdy Cliff! Just wanted to pop in and say hello. Good to hear your girls are working the hive, and I saw some girls of my own bronging in some pollen the other day -- I hav no idea where they found it. They do amaze me. And tell Elva congrats on her important milestone!