Hopefully I have avoided saying “um” quite so much in this podcast and put a stop to that funny brief tutting noise I was making! Podcasting is not easy for a beginner, but practice makes perfect and I will continue to improve.

Listening back to the podcast I meander a bit when I talk about my idea of introducing beekeeping to open prisons but hopefully you get the gist. It is a thought in progress but an interesting one.

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The first official Podcast. Always cringeworthy listening to yourself speak - way too many “ums” in there and I make a funny noise with my tongue pulling back from my teeth.. I’m doing it now, (attractive), to see how I can describe it but you’ll hear it soon enough and I hope it doesn’t annoy you as much as it does me. I will work on getting rid of that habit over the coming weeks.

It’s a start, and actually a good introduction to the world of beekeeping, describing to you how I performed a bailey comb change which is something most beekeepers will be doing at this time of year. If we do not do bailey comb changes then we do a shook swarm. I am not a fan of the shook swarm as it you lose brood and I think it’s a shock for the bees. Go to my blog where you will see a description of a shook swarm. Both of these methods are designed to allow our honeybees start the year a-fresh with new comb. Some people prefer to change the comb as and when they see it has become overused but this doesn’t rid the brood box of any disease. Performing a bailey comb change or shook swarm is a complete spring clean for the honeybees - it’s like throwing out all your old furniture, repainting and starting again!




This is a podcast test. Today I had an email, as I said in my blog, from a lovely lady asking me to put up an audio podcast as she loves reading my blogs but her eyesight is failing.

Here is the test podcast..

I will now be adding a weekly podcast to my website. It’s a great time start, right at the start of the beekeeping year. So join me in my podcast and celebrate the triumphs and tribulations of being a beekeeper.