The beekeeping new year is here…

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness…

As every beekeeper knows, the beekeeping year ends with the harvest.  For Dublin beekeepers, the harvest is in and it’s time to start the new year by preparing the bees for winter.  By this time most of our bees will be fed and tucked up for the winter.

It is in the colder months that beekeepers have more time to learn, to socialise and to repair equipment.  The Co. Dublin beekeepers’ association’s programme of events for members starts next Monday, 3rd October, with the first of our autumn lectures at Wesley Hall, Leeson Park, D6 – we hold three in autum and three more in spring.  Monday’s lecture is on how honeybees fly, given by yours truly, Simon Rees.

There are two more lectures to come before Christmas (as you’ll see from our online association diary) – and of course, our Honey Show.  That’s on Saturday 5th November in Christ Church, Rathgar.  For the beekeeper it’s a chance to enter competitions and win kudos and prizes – and for everyone else it’s a chance to buy top-quality local honey, learn about beekeeping and buy some early Christmas presents at the craft fair.  If you are in the market for honey, you might need to arrive early – last year we sold out of run honey by lunchtime, such was the demand and the short supply.  Mind, this year we have more to sell, happily.

Hope to see you at a beekeeping event soon…