It was a year ago yesterday that I started writing this blook. I never dreamt that it would get so big and have so many entries and have received so many hits by now. It has been a great way to relax in the evenings after work as well as a good place to record some of the happenings in the apiary – though I am still not sure why Tears of Ra, the Sun God is the most popular page by far. Perhaps it is something to to with the way Google and other search engines work?
The bees have thrived! Having had a very low period of only one colony through the winter – faithful old Faith, we now have seven colonies in the apiary (plus the one in the roof) making eight! And June has been a truly memorable swarm-catching month.
I stopped work on 4th July (Independence Day) and have decided to take the rest of the summer off before starting a new set of projects in the Autumn. So apart from making up a few new rooves and stands for the new colonies, my work-load is at a minimum. Which is really nice – since I seem to have been at the large organisation grindstone for the past 28 years.
So what plans for beelore in the coming year? I suppose that I want to write more on Bylaugh – which is the story part of the blook. So far, I have developed the first chapter – but there is definitely more to be written! The internet continues to produce interesting bee stories and poems and connections – but I want to explore some of the boundaries of the myth and legend by digging into pre-history a bit more – as well as to research the connection between the health of bees and the state of the planet. This will probably require me to adopt different techniques to collect the material as well as finding different ways of connecting with those who have the stories. Any ideas on how to do this would be welcome!