Avatar for itsbruce

itsbruce

Member since Jun 2010 • Last active Jul 2018

Bald man wearing a hat who might be Scottish

Most recent activity

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
    Avatar for itsbruce

    How large a garden do you need to have a beehive?

    Our garden is 9m long by 5.6 wide, plus an access path down the side of the flat. That's plenty of room for one hive. I want to be keeping more than one hive; between the practicalities of which bits of the garden get enough sun and the danger of alarming our neighbours, I don't think I could risk more than one extra. I mean, I could fit 3 or 4 along the back wall but at that point the nervous woman next door would start complaining to the council etc.

    You can manage in a smaller space but past a point the risk of tangling with the bees becomes much higher because there just isn't any space that isn't on their flight paths.

    whats the risk if you dont have a massive garden for folks to get stung?

    As long as the garden isn't tiny and you position the hive well, the risk is small. Ours is facing the back wall, which means the bees some out and head straight up a couple of metres before heading off to forage. If your hive is facing the garden and you don't place an obstacle close to the entrance, they'll zoom out ad entrance height until they do meet an obstacle.

    If we're standing just a few feet from the hive, bees will occasionally zip past our heads on their way back to the hive. One returning bee got caught in my gf's hair last year and stung her; she's now a little cautious if she's right close to the hive but it hasn't stopped her from gardening. This week, I was walking barefoot across the lawn and stood on a dying bee, which unsurprisingly stung me. There aren't usually dying bees in our lawn but there's an illness affecting a small portion of the bees at the moment. So I'm going to give in and get some sandals.

    We've had friends in the garden for a beer in the sun and none of them have been stung. None of our neighbours has been stung (they'd definitely let us know). We can have a barbecue and not worry about it.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
    Avatar for itsbruce

    I'm on the LBKA alerts WhatsApp group and there's a lot of hive burning going on. The inspectors are deeply cynical about the worth of BDI insurance, interestingly.

    Meanwhile...

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
    Avatar for itsbruce

    They came from up near Cheltenham Spa - had a fun time transporting a nuc via Brompton, train and taxi on a very hot day. They'd been in the nuc for a week longer than planned because the heat had delayed the planned postal delivery (hence my journey) and it's possible the extra crowding and stress caused the virus to manifest. But maybe an infected bee from another colony just crapped somewhere some of my bees were foraging.

    In any case, the infection seems to be limited at the moment, not rampant. If the colony survives and the queen isn't one of the terminally infected, why would I replace her if her stock is demonstrably hardy? And while the infection is still noticeable, putting a new queen in would be extra stress and a gamble.

    I'm considering having a two-frame nuc in reserve in case of hive collapse, but not planning to requeen at the moment.

    There's European Foul Brood outbreaks in Camberwell and East Dulwich at the moment, well within foraging range of my own hive. That's more of a threat than the CBPV.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
    Avatar for itsbruce

    The whole region is riven with theocratic non-democracies all of whom share the same invisible sky wizard.

    And a large chunk of U.S. support for Israel comes from Evengelical Christian fundamentalists who believe that the apocalypse will be triggered once

    1. Israel is back to its old testament borders
    2. The Jews of Israel all convert to Christianity.

    Israeli nationalist politicians, the cynical bastards, know that and still take the money.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
    Avatar for itsbruce

    Good Night, Vietnam.

    R.I.P. Adrian Cronauer.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
    Avatar for itsbruce

    They do, like most kinds of wasp, but that's just part of the ecosystem. There's a small number of wasps hanging around near my hive. They pick off a handful of my bees each day - but there's tens of thousands of the bees, so it's not even worth interfering unless the colony weakens and can't defend itself.

    I don't like the wasps, but your bees can contribute to the local ecology in more ways than pollination.

    Also, the wasps are picking off the slower, weaker bees - which in the case of my hive is currently the ones with an infectious virus.

  • Avatar for itsbruce

    So CBPV has shown up in the hive. At the moment, the colony as a whole seems healthy and able to survive it. Today I was showing my gf the few infected bees visible outside the hive and the way the other bees are treating them (forcing them away from the hive).

    "Given that sick bees are landing on the grass and crawling around, it's probably a bad idea to walk around here barefoot." says I, standing barefoot on the grass.

    I took two steps towards the house and stood on a dying bee, who thoughtfully stung me right between two toes of my left foot.

    Saying "I told you so" isn't so satisfying when you're saying it to yourself.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
    Avatar for itsbruce

    It won't make a difference now. What it is signalling is Trump's increasing confidence in simply working openly against his own country's defences, security and justice systems. At some point, either he collapses in defeat or they do. For him to win would probably involve him either replacing the senior ranks (not just the directors but the senior officers) of all those agencies with cronies or just breaking them up.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
    Avatar for itsbruce

    Republican Party county chairman resigns over Trump-Putin meeting. To be fair, he's hardly a big name but bigger names are also speaking out.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
    Avatar for itsbruce

    Not sure whether to put this in "In the news" or "I hate". I mean, I hate, but the fragile arrogance of this asshole is news

    https://gizmodo.com/increasingly-agitate­d-elon-musk-labels-diver-who-mocked-1827­611345

Actions