Social Evening, November 2016

Lindsey Macaulay [Abridged – for the full article, see the December Newsletter.]

On the evening of Saturday, 26 November, about forty members of the Aberdeen and District Beekeepers’ Association met for our annual social event to share some food and drink, have a chat and plan for even better beekeeping next year.

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A visit to Murray’s queen-rearing unit

On Saturday, 25 June, the Association had another very special afternoon with Murray McGregor at his queen-rearing apiary, set among trees and near a loch where some of us had a lunch picnic.

We met Jolanta, who is in charge of Murray’s queen-rearing unit, and in groups of five visited her grafting hut where she showed us the incubators, grafting tools and more.  In the meantime, the rest of us followed Murray among the brightly-coloured mini-nucs, asking questions and listening.

Our visit was between two heavy outbursts of rain, but we were fortunate that the dry spell lasted long enough for us to have a full and wonderful afternoon.

Many thanks to Murray and Jolanta.

Bring and buy

We all enjoyed the Bring and Buy event at Green Apple.  Thank you, Yvonne, Michael and Kathryn for arranging such a splendid day despite a busy time on your farm.

The sun was out, the food superb, the company wonderful, and some interesting and beautifully-made products to buy.