Archive for August, 2016

Collecting the Honey

It was the right time to year for Neil to collect the honey from his strongest hive.  He had put 3 supers on to give them plenty of room to store the honey.  But when he looked they had only filled the frames in 2 supers.  He donned his new all-in-one suit to collect the frames.


(That’s shadow on his face, he has not grown a moustache!!)

Yesterday we set to spinning the frames.  First he uncapped them one by one.


Then two at a time he put them in the spinner. Centrifugal force pushes the honey out and it is collected in large jar below, first going through a sieve to collect any wax.


It’s wonderful to see the golden liquid collecting in the jar.


Then it has to be poured into jars and weighed to get exactly one pound in weight that is 454g.  That was my job.


We got quite a haul.  The jars are just waiting for their labels to be printed and then we will be ready to sell some.  It will be £6.00 a jar.  Don’t forget this is an expensive premium product, not mass produced, hence the cost. All proceeds go back into care of the bees.


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Birds on a wire

The other day the swallows were circling round and round and in great numbers.  I thought perhaps they were amassing before their migration but it’s still a bit early for that.  They landed on the telephone wire in front of our house.  I tried to capture them on my camera but some flew away as soon as I went into the front garden.  Here are the ones I managed to capture.




A couple of days have now passed and they are still here, so I don’t know what all the flying around was about!!

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Painting of Lodge House

This year for our anniversary Neil’s sister commissioned a painting of our house, oil on canvas.  It is a remarkable likeness and very well executed.


Neil found a suitable frame in a charity shop of all places, and today mounted the painting.  We now have it hanging in pride of place above the front door.


So everyone will see it as they leave.  It’s marvellous that it just fits perfectly.


Our porch is quite busy, with shoes and coats and other pictures but the painting looks the business above the door.

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