29 July 2006

How not to do it

The joys of Incopmetence

Bee suits in fetching sage

Though the Thornes beekeeper kit came with a veil, I have ordered two XL full beesuits in a fetching sage [light Olive Drab with a fancy name] finish from B B Wear.

The suits were about £85 each - excellent value, considering that's less than half a penny per bee...

I wanted camouflage pattern, but they're out of stock.

27 July 2006

Monumental excitement! Hive Arrival...

Amazing! My wonderful wife has bought a complete, ready-assembled WBC hive for my birthday - absolutely fantastic!

Somehow she managed to order it and have it delivered right under my nose.

It's from Thornes (http://www.thorne.co.uk/index.htm) and comes with frames with foundation (the wax sheets ready for the bees to build honeycomb), gloves, veil, stainless steel hive tool and some mystery bits of wood and a peculiar plastic bucket.

There may have been instructions included; I unpacked it in a childlike frenzy of excitement, ending up with bits of hive all over the place.

On a commercial note, it's clearly an excellent piece of kit, and well made  the cedar and wax smell edible!