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Mrs Fiddlesticks



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 08 4:03 pm    Post subject: An Autumn project  Reply with quote    



Our bee-keeping partners in crime bought 2 of these from a retiring bee-keeper. Divi-ed up to one each.

Going to need some TLC ( aka polyfiller, roofing felt and paint) but should make a great autumn project.

Haven't worked out whether to make it a purely decorative hive for the garden or repair it up to working status yet.

What an icon though

sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 08 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We inherited a mouldering pile of these a few years back too, in the end they became planters and composters for odd corners of MILs garden, too much hassle to get ours functional.

If you do put yours into use though, do say, I may still have ancient excluders and bits like that to fit the WBC

Mrs Fiddlesticks



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 08 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

its got one brood box with glass quilt and one super and queen excluder but they again need work.

The most pressing bit needed to get it functional as a bee's home is to replace the little blocks the bottom lift sits on; the bees couldn't get in otherwise at the moment, bless. Which is probably good thing for now. There were even some frames but Steve said they were only fit for firelighters.

It would look rather good sat in the front garden with Honey For Sale painted on it Or as a bit of pretty sculpture in the middle of the wildflower lawn in front of the arbour in the back garden.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 08 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What about as a honey cupboard? Make each lift a tray that you can stand a layer of jars in?

Chez



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 08 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If you want to make it functional, you can get plastic legs from Thornes - fantastic idea as they don't rot.

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 08 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mrs Fiddlesticks wrote:

It would look rather good sat in the front garden with Honey For Sale painted on it Or as a bit of pretty sculpture in the middle of the wildflower lawn in front of the arbour in the back garden.


So good, that the compost currently in my kitchen looks exactly like it. They're so pretty - I never thought of planting stuff in it. I've been deciding where to put mine - surrounded by wildflowers in the orchard sounds like a wonderful plan (it's too pretty to live by the back door, which was the orginal destination - I've put a plastic affair there) Or we could use it as a rubbish store (foxes etc get at ours, if we leave the bags out) but that seems a shame.

Mrs Fiddlesticks



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 08 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

wellington womble wrote:


So good, that the compost currently in my kitchen looks exactly like it. They're so pretty - I never thought of planting stuff in it. I've been deciding where to put mine - surrounded by wildflowers in the orchard sounds like a wonderful plan (it's too pretty to live by the back door, which was the orginal destination - I've put a plastic affair there) Or we could use it as a rubbish store (foxes etc get at ours, if we leave the bags out) but that seems a shame.


or you could put bees in it I realise yours is a composter and not a bee hive really

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 08 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Another thing on the divorce list, I'm afraid. He says if I can't keep up with the projects I have (he's thinking house and garden) then I'm not allowed any new ones. He does have a point, I suppose. A small one.

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