The AGM, the Quaich, and honey

Barbara 4Our annual meeting on 27 April was a mixed event of Association matters, a celebration of Barbara Cruden’s contributions to our Association, and two talks about honey, honey, honey.

David presented Barbara with the Association quaich as a thank-you from all of us for all her generous contributions to the Association.

In our February newsletter John Cooper, a previous ADBKA Chair, wrote: Continue reading “The AGM, the Quaich, and honey”

Skep-making workshop – November, 2017

‘The first bit is the hard part’, instructor Bryce Reynard announced as six ADBKA members gathered for a workshop in the noble art of skep-making.  The tables were covered in straw. Bales of string and alarmingly large needles were ready for use. Bryce had kindly brought along a collection of his work, and after he had introduced himself and his background in forestry and his own introduction to basket-making via a birthday present, the workshop started with a discussion of skep-making around the various part- and fully-finished examples.  The wide variety of possible materials, from straw to brambles, nettles, various grasses and so on, was of interest to everyone. Continue reading “Skep-making workshop – November, 2017”

Bee Health Awareness Day

Blackburn 13th May 2017 [edited]

by Malcolm Watson

On 13th May, Steve Sunderland (head of the Scottish bee inspection team) and personnel from the Scottish Government, SASA, SRUC, and the SBA visited Aberdeen to present a bee health awareness day.  The event was attended by 36 local beekeepers representing ADBKA, Kemnay, and Moray Associations.

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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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2016 Honey Show

We had another great turnout from members at this year’s honey show, which was judged by beekeeping legend Willie Robson of Chain Bridge Honey Farm.  Despite the obvious impact of a poor summer on the honey classes, this was more than made up for by the impressive array of entries in the wide range of competition categories, from photographs to baking.  Our featured image for this post is of the beautiful ‘Shop Window Display’, entered by Olga MacAulay.

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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.