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beekeeping was for me.
Then one day at work in BP the boss and his assistant staggered down to my desk carrying a huge box, which turned out to contain a WBC hive. This was recognition for some good work I had done and my boss had very enlightened views on how to do bonuses for maximum impact! Thornes exchanged the WBC for the National I preferred and Sandy Gordon kindly provided me with a swarm to occupy the hive. I joined the ADBKA and SBA. I fortuitously lived quite close to the Association apiary at Craibstone and not far from Jock’s Thornes supplies too, which all helped.
That was all back in 2003. It seemed so simple then, partly due an absence of knowledge and experience on my part and partly that varroa did not arrive up here for another year or two.
I pottered on for a few years, making all the usual mistakes – damaging the queen whilst marking, destroying queen cells in a colony that had already swarmed, not spotting hidden queen cells, getting to that ‘I really haven’t a clue what’s going on’ stage, and so on – but hopefully gradually improving and progressively trying new things.
A friend I had enthused about bees then wanted my help to start beekeeping. But I thought that if I were to help others, then I should confirm and consolidate my own skills and knowledge a bit so I took the Basic Beemaster examination in 2014. The examiner, Tony Harris, observed that Module 1 wasn’t much more to learn than the BB. So I sat SBA Module 1 a few months later, studied one or two Modules each year thereafter and in 2019 completed Module 8 to gain the SBA Advanced Theory Certificate.
I took on the responsibility for organising the annual beginner’s course in 2018 and in 2021 I was honoured to be awarded the SBA Affiliated Association Beekeeping Award for services to ADBKA and local beekeeping.