|Apiary Managers Report:
Well folks here we are at the beginning of a New Year I expect
that like me, everyone is looking forward to that first sunny mid-day when a quick look
into the hive will tell us if we have managed to over winter our colonies successfully. No
more so than at Horestone where our honey producing team will be working towards achieving
an early start to the season, with stocks strong enough to take advantage of the early oil
seed rape crops.
Bearing this in mind we will be working with Kevin to finish off the excellent start he
made on the honey processing room. The interior is complete but we need to identify the
work surfaces we need for the uncapping, filtering, bottling and storage of the crop.
The virtual shop is about ready to begin trading. We will soon find out if a bid for
additional finance has been successful. We are working on a stock list of items the shop
will be selling, and keeping in stock. Please help David and Jean by giving
them as much notice as possible of your requirements, so that they are able to plan ahead.
Chris Tozer has completed the first prototype of the Horestone lightweight
nuclei hive, The timber is being cut in preparation for us, as a group to assemble at
Horestone in the next few weeks. It will be a case of all hands to the glue bottle.
There are a number of new projects in the pipeline for this new beekeeping year at
Horestone, some of them very exciting. One of these will be the instrumented Hive project,
to be planned by David and Kevin, who will of course keep all of us informed
as to their progress.
The management structure will change subtly when the apiary sub committee is elected
and project groups are set up. Tony