A Day Out at an Apiary

Several members from Crowlas and Ludgvan WI, along with members of Zennor, Connor Downs and St Wenns WIs, spent yesterday learning about bees.

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This County event took place at a picturesque smallholding near St Eval on a cool morning and provided a fascinating and informative day learning about bees and beekeeping.

Julie looks at home in her bee-suit!

Julie looks at home in her bee-suit!

Apiarist Lucy’s passion for her subject was infectious and the morning’s talk enthused the group.

Lisa has far too much fun.

Lisa has far too much fun.

After a picnic lunch in the barn, it had warmed up sufficiently for beekeeping suits to be donned and, armed with a beekeeper’s smoker, everyone set off for the hives. Even the most nervous were brave enough to hold the frames for inspection and identify the queen, workers and drones, and see the nectar and honey on the combs.

Gail gets up close and personal with some bees.

Gail gets up close and personal with some bees.

With tea and cake to round off the day, the group left with minds buzzing with information and a newfound respect for the world of bees and the beekeeper.

(Thanks to Lisa Elsey for the report)

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