Here is my latest video on setting up my new apiary on the Berkshire Downs.
I recently paid a visit to my apiary to carry-out winter checks. This mostly comprised of putting fondant onto the top the crown board. In addition, I strapped some of my hives to the stand as a precaution. Record keeping is still a very important activity and this was done as well.
I visited my new out-apiary and I preview this in my video.
I hope this video will act as a filter. I get a lot of calls during the summer months for help to ‘get rid of’ bees and many of the requests are impossible, dangerous and non-honeybees. These requests usually result in a ‘sorry I can’t help’. At least most times they do. Often I get my arm twisted to visit the problem bees and it usually results in a monumental waste of my time. When I get another call for help, I will tell the caller to watch my video first.
Enjoy the video.
I have left/quit/deleted my facebook account. It was not an easy decision yet I am glad I did it.
This video is not about what buttons to press to delete your facebook account but instead I give you my reasons for quitting facebook.
I explain why I think you probably won’t quit facebook and perhaps buying hosting space and creating your own content or even creating your own social platform, might be a more honest and autonomous way to conduct your life on the internet.
The ‘Spellbound’ exhibition takes its visitors into the inner lives of our ancestors and takes them on a journey through the magical practises driven by fear, love and rage. This is an excellent exhibition and you should visit it.
I came away from this exhibition with sense of unease. I think it comes down to the fact that the whole notion of magical cannot be properly explained. Yet magical can be felt, smelt, touched, seen and tasted. I know it when I feel it; that tingle; that shiver down my spine; that sense of dejavous; my mind is transported elsewhere.
Maybe understanding the origin word from which magical is derived from might help. Magic is the ‘art and science of causing changes in consciousness in accordance with will’. Whose ‘will’ and whose ‘consciousness’ perhaps is pertinent to why practitioners or suspected-practioners of this art, were treated with fear and suspicion.
Consciousness has a surface and a depth. I do wonder if the rituals, artefacts and superstitions of the past were a means of working the depths of the subconscious to manifest change. But are the mage of the past really that different from today’s psychologists, nlp practitioners, hypnotists, advertisers, politicians, bankers, teachers? Read More »
This video is about the early life of William Woodley. William’s mother died when he was a child and he was looked after by an elderly aunt who lived at Stanmore. Stanmore is a hamlet in the parish of Beedon, Berkshire, England.
During the swarming season William (aged seven) would mind his aunt’s bees, which in those days would be kept in straw skeps covered with hackles. Should one of the hives swarm he would bring notice to the neighbours by tanging pots and pans. He would help retrieve the swarm.
As the young William grew up, he was apprenticed to a firm of grocers at Chieveley. He later took an interest in the clock and watch trade and returned to Beedon.
This video touches on the folklore surrounding the Stanmore tumulus (barrow): fairies, thunder and ploughs. I also look at the Enclosure of Stanmore.
Because I sell honey people would ask me “why don’t I make mead?”
My response was always I don’t have the equipment to make it. After hearing this question one too many times I decided to see if people would put their money where their mouth is. I made an appeal for about ten people to stump up £10 so I could by fermentation equipment.
15 people donated £10 and I bought fermentation equipment.
To find out how I got on, please watch the video.