Diary of a Learner Beekeeper
My name is Angela and I am still in my forties (just). I have a family, full-
I have had an interest in beekeeping since I heard Bill Turnbull (BBC News) kept bees. From my own point of view, I thought it was extremely fascinating and I would love to try it but it was just not possible (or so I thought) for two reasons:
1) I did not have a big enough garden, and
2) I knew nothing about beekeeping and did not know where to start.
That all changed when I met some neighbours (and you know who you are) who told me they were starting out and had joined the Kemnay Community Bee Group. The group have a piece of land on loan to them where the group are allowed to keep hives.
Out of interest, I started attending meetings to learn about beekeeping and with
the help of the group, I was out visiting apiaries of more experienced beekeepers,
to learn the craft, I attended lectures at the Aberdeen and District Beekeepers’
Association, (now running in February at Inverurie Academy -
Thanks to my mentor who was looking to pass on one of his hives, I am now a beekeeper who, back in October, adopted thousands of the little creatures. My life changed…….
I now take a keen interest in the weather, and worry that the weather is too hot? Too cold? Do the bees have enough food? etc., etc.
If you are interested in beekeeping, I thought you may like to read about what I was up to as a learner beekeeper, my successes, and hopefully, not too many failures.
I forgot to mention, I also update this website, so if you want to contact me at email@example.com and let me know of any errors/improvements, your feedback is very much appreciated.
To help you get started or just to find out if beekeeping is for you, join a local group.
Groups may have their own land or details of people who are willing to let you use their land for beekeeping.