Bees on Roof

I was called out to collect a swarm which was at the top of a tall conifer tree.  I was able to take some, but not all, of the honeybees and I placed them in a nucleus hive.  I think I was hoping that I might have got the Queen bee.   I took the nucleus hive back home.

To my shock and surprise, the next day I was greeted with a swarm of bees congregating on pieces of beekeeping equipment I had left on my wood bunker.  The swarm had followed me home!  Whilst the notion of bees turning up at the beekeeper’s house and making use of an accidental hive is a kind of serendipity, it does pose the question where should I put them because they couldn’t stay on the wood bunker.  Find out more by watching my latest video.

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How To Make A Green Man Mask

Three weeks ago I made a Green Man mask, with nothing more than plaster of Paris bandage, leaves and some hot beeswax.  How did I do it?  Watch my latest video…

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How to Move a One-Tonne Pallet of Heat Logs by Hand?

How are we going to move a one-tonne pallet of heat logs which have been delivered 50 metres away from the log store?  Let’s find out!

I forgot to mention we have no front door road access, the Green in front of our house is water-logged, the refuse collection lorry is coming and the neighbour gives us grief with large deliveries.

The starting point of this challenge is the roadside at the bottom of the slope, where the pallet of heat logs sits.  Load the car with 24 heat logs (one quarter of the pallet) then drive to the mall hard standing on the edge of the Green.

At the Green we need to be aware of the following:-

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1962 – Closing of the Didcot Newbury Railway to Passenger Traffic


Thursday, July 5, 1962


The Didcot-Newbury railway line passenger service is definitely to be closed, said Mr Airey Neave, MP for Abingdon, on Saturday.

Speaking at a Conservative Association garden party at Milton, he said he had received a letter from the Minister for Transport stating that the Minister upheld a Transport Users Consultative Committee recommendation.Read More »

Mr C. W. Dyer of Compton Crossing, Compton, Berkshire

[UPDATE 15 DEC 2014:  I have done a follow-up blog about Compton Crossing which was Mr Dyer’s home to find it click here]

[UPDATE 21 DECEMBER 2014 Footage on-board the train passing Crossing Cottage can be found here]

I found the two articles below about a beekeeper called Mr Dyer.  I hope this page finds its way to the historians of Compton. I would love to know where ‘Compting Crossing’ [sic] is and also what happened to Mr Dyer.Read More »