This is a record of my journey with bees. I am a science teacher in New Zealand, and seem to attract all sorts of wildlife – yet am new to bees. The buzz of hive  can be quite intimidating, and they need managing to prevent all manner of problems, so I hope to learn much.

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  1. don’t forget that Sherlock Holmes retired to be a beekeeper! thanks for the crosspost, i’m sure Deborah from Romancing the Bee will appreciate it.

  2. I love to see the bees flying. That’s quite a busy hive. Were they bringing back pollen?
    I’m keeping bees but I’m trying to do less managing and sort of let them be(e). I know the bee classes encourage you to inspect often for egg laying and queen cells, and how much honey you can rob, but I feel that’s part of the problem…getting into the hive so often and pulling out the frames. If you want to see an extreme of what I call “exploitation on a grand scale,” watch the movie “More Than Honey,” available recently on netflix. Chances are as a science teacher, you’ll be more sensitive to their real needs.

  3. Thanks solarbeez, no, they were not really bringing back much pollen, most of that has passed for a while. Lots and lots of nectar. I certainly do espouse to the philosophy of ‘thinking bee’, if I provide for their needs they will thrive. Unfortunately with varroa mites now, we have to be bee keepers, rather than just have bee hives. I try to keep inspections to a minimum, and be as minimally invasive as possible, for both their and my benefit. How many hives do you have?

  4. You describe yourself as a ‘new’ beekeeper, but you have a lot of interesting and knowledgeable postings about bees! Meanwhile, today you gave me a thumbs up for my geology blog (mountainmystery.com) post about Cuba and it occurred to me that you might not know about my beekeeping blog – badbeekeepingblog.com. You may enjoy it! Anyway, keep writing about bees, beekeeping, and New Zealand as you have readers who look forward to your posts!

    • Ahh, I missed the beekeeping blog! I have been enjoying the geology information, and I teach Geology as a unit in one of my science classes. The students really get into the mindset of ‘what is this rock’s story’. Currently the topic is ecology, so bees come up rather more frequently than would otherwise be the case – it is great being able to teach students about topics I am passionate about.

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