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Day one back on the tools.

Big Sigh .

Cracks a cold one and inhales the sweet  aroma.

 

No coffee all day, just green tea and honey sandwiches.

Pulled into first yard at 8.45am.

Cup of tea and a smoke.

96 hives in this yard.

I crack 'em,  disease check, scrape top bar  and assess feed.

Main man follows up behind with O/A Staples ..... inserts 4 and closes up.

Paused for lunch with five pallets left to do.

 

Move on to next yard.

80 hives

No cup of tea .... the sun is warm, the wind howling overhead and bees buzzing.

Crack, check, scrape ....crack, check, scrape .....  swap a little honey from strong too light.

Pause for more green tea and a smoke at 3.04 pm.

Pull out of yard at 4.10pm.

 

'Good day, eh.   More alive than dead.  That's always a good start.'

'Gonna be the mother of all years by the looks of things.'

'yeah I reckon....'

 

I was gonna suggest  we do another yard , but Main Man has to pick up boy from school.

Pull into home yard at 4.35pm ..... 

Both of us ease out of the truck gently .... silently .... real blokes, eh .

'See ya tomorrow,' says main Man.

Yeah... Thanks .... if it don't snow !

 

Sups on beer.

Big sigh of satisfaction.

 

 

 

 

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Get up pack a lunch and go to shed, about 1/2hr drive. make coffee and think about what yard to do first, drink coffee,check weather, make another coffee, check smoker fuel, hive tool water, drin

the big thing is getting cleaning done while there is no major time pressure. ie all the prep work. last thing you want is to be slowed down later on when things are really busy because hives are

My father is a real fan of taking everything off and scraping the floor every spring. Personally I find it hard on the back and when the hive is strong later in the spring it will clean it off itself.

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4 minutes ago, jamesc said:

Day one back on the tools.

Big Sigh .

Cracks a cold one and inhales the sweet  aroma.

 

No coffee all day, just green tea and honey sandwiches.

Pulled into first yard at 8.45am.

Cup of tea and a smoke.

96 hives in this yard.

I crack 'em,  disease check, scrape top bar  and assess feed.

Main man follows up behind with O/A Staples ..... inserts 4 and closes up.

Paused for lunch with five pallets left to do.

 

Move on to next yard.

80 hives

No cup of tea .... the sun is warm, the wind howling overhead and bees buzzing.

Crack, check, scrape ....crack, check, scrape .....  swap a little honey from strong too light.

Pause for more green tea and a smoke at 3.04 pm.

Pull out of yard at 4.10pm.

 

'Good day, eh.   More alive than dead.  That's always a good start.'

'Gonna be the mother of all years by the looks of things.'

'yeah I reckon....'

 

I was gonna suggest  we do another yard , but Main Man has to pick up boy from school.

Pull into home yard at 4.35pm ..... 

Both of us ease out of the truck gently .... silently .... real blokes, eh .

'See ya tomorrow,' says main Man.

Yeah... Thanks .... if it don't snow !

 

Sups on beer.

Big sigh of satisfaction.

 

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, jamesc said:

96 hives in this yard.

I crack 'em,  disease check, scrape top bar  and assess feed.

Main man follows up behind with O/A Staples ..... inserts 4 and closes up.

Paused for lunch with five pallets left to do.

 

Move on to next yard.

80 hives

No cup of tea .... the sun is warm, the wind howling overhead and bees buzzing.

Crack, check, scrape ....crack, check, scrape .....  swap a little honey from strong too light.

Pause for more green tea and a smoke at 3.04 pm.

Pull out of yard at 4.10pm.

i do often wonder about how long it would take a hobbyist like me to do this sort of thing. A week? a month?

i know that @tudor and i did a couple of days beekeeping together five-ish years back, the hives per hour was a bit lower...

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