As a result I have been selling off my beehives and equipment. Importation rules prohibit me from bringing back any equipment, so all that I have accumulated has to stay behind to be sold or given away. But looking ahead and being positive about things, the good news is that I will once again be starting beekeeping from scratch, with new equipment (will I use Langstroth or shift to another type of hive…), with new bees (Apis Mellifera Mellifera perhaps?) and a whole new beekeeping calendar to learn! I never kept bees in the UK so I have little appreciation of how different the seasons are; when the spring nectar flow starts, when I need to start building up hives and how different preparations for winter will be. It will be very interesting that’s for sure!
And the news got better yesterday. I remembered that the late father of one of my old school friends used to keep bees. So I dropped Howard a line and he said that he would let some of his Dad’s old pals know I was looking to start up in the UK. I hope they will be able to help me adjust and perhaps even help me locate a suitable apiary! I’m getting excited about keeping bees at home. I love new challenges!
Having said that I’ve sold, or passed on, my equipment I still actually intend to have a honey harvest just before I leave Kirkwood in July. I’m not sure where, or how, I just know that I will be “supering up” this weekend and that any honey that is in the hives come the first week of July will be harvested and I will be passing out some leaving presents!!! So get your jars ready!