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By all accounts an excellent evening. Photographs, courtesy of Noelle, Angie and Elsbeth available here.  


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January

Tuesday 10th - Inverness Beekeepers are hosting a talk "Beekeeping in Ontario". 19.30 Smithton Hall, Murray Road, Inverness, IV2 7YU

February

Watch this space for details of our Winter program of talks in the new year.


The "Latest news" column will be regularly updated with what's new for the Association.

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Recent events:

Wednesday 16th November - John Durkacz, who is Vice Chair of the Scottish Native Honey Bee Society, gave our Association a  presentation on 'The work of the Scottish Native Honey Bee Society' and will include his personal beekeeping interests and ‘journey'. John has been beekeeping for 40 years. Searching for good native type bees that are well adapted to their locality. This has been his main motivation for many years.

Wednesday 5th October - Honey Show. 7.30pm St. Clement's Church Hall. By all accounts an excellent and educational evening. Photographs available here

Wednesday 21st September - Originally planned as 15 minute demonstrations of processing honey at 5 stations dealing with Oil Seed Rape Honey, Heather Honey, using the Association extractor, producing creamed honey and how to deal with scrap wax developed into the most rewarding evening that we have experienced for a long time. Two hours later we were gasping for a cuppa and we still hadn't heard about creaming honey which was abandoned.

Saturday 10th September - outdoor meeting at Fairifeld Apairy. 2pm The subject matter was; preparing for Winter, including checking out problem colonies, bee kit on the cheap and new equipment. After inspecting several colonies under the guidance of Pam and Arthur we moved indoors to the honey shed to discuss the merits of various designs of hive. A perfect hot sunny afternoon was rounded off with refreshments, socialising and dodging the wasps!

Saturday 20th August - Evanton, heather picnic, hosted by David Thomson, David Cathie and Don Fraser. A gallery of photographs is available here. 

Wednesday 17th August - Eathie, Stuart & TriciaTickner were our hosts. A nostalgic meeting for some of us, a return visit after many years. An instructional meeting showing the experiments underway to convert donated Langstroth frames into National format to suit the apiary. A Gallery of photos can be found here with the story behind the experiment.

Wednesday 20th July - Culbokie, Barbara Gray. A most enjoyable and informative meeting with plenty of opportunities for involvement.

Saturday 2nd July - Muir of Ord, Jane Thomson. Too wet to open hives, so a pleasant social afternoon was enjoyed by everyone.

Saturday 18th June -  2pm - Arthur Hill's apiary at Scatwell. Fortunately the site was sheltered from the strong winds but we didn't escape from the showers. Our thanks go to the Estate and the ladies of the Community who provided tea in the Community Centre. Also we thank Pam Piercy and David Thomson for sharing the duties of demonstrating.


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Full of anticipation for the evening ahead.
Full of anticipation for the evening ahead.
Pam Piercy describing her method of wax reclamation
Pam Piercy describing her method of wax reclamation
David Thomson describing how he deals with Oil Seed Raped honey.
David Thomson describing how he deals with Oil Seed Raped honey.
David showing the use of a refractometer to measure the water content of honey.
David showing the use of a refractometer to measure the water content of honey.
Jane Thomson demonstrating her method of extracting heather honey.
Jane Thomson demonstrating her method of extracting heather honey.
Bill Cormack about to demonstrate the use of the Association's extractor.
Bill Cormack about to demonstrate the use of the Association's extractor.
A good view of the extractor with it's large settling tank below.
A good view of the extractor with it's large settling tank below.
Sampling the uncappings of the phacelia honey.
Sampling the uncappings of the phacelia honey.
The offending cranking handle.
The offending cranking handle.


 

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