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Ink & Incapability - a missed identity & a new start

Dear all!
A very complex title - and a convoluted story, typical from Blackadder's comedies.

I am -or I was (was I?) an old Forum member (5 years now), with the name Izzy...but I guess lack of activity took a toll on the name. So now, someone else is Izzy...

Being that I have butterfingers (hence the ink...acapability), my new name is not even close to Izzy...but Izzt89. Nobody is perfect!

Around here to answer questions and try to find new ideas of things to do on these times of travel restrictions (my second home is gate B17 at Flughafen Zurich ) Happy to read you all, and exchange on ideas -or, why not, life cooking-Zoom recipes, or European monetary policy-Teams discussions.

I am also a hobby beekeeper (much easier to keep bees than a dog, trust me), so happy to talk about bees, honey, and what not. if you want to try local Zurich honey, let me know!

Looking forward hearing from you!
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Re: Ink & Incapability - a missed identity & a new start

Yep, another welcome back wish!

How do you get started keeping bees? Do you simply go to an apiary supplies store with money and ask them to show you what you need, and how you should use it?
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Yep, another welcome back wish!

How do you get started keeping bees? Do you simply go to an apiary supplies store with money and ask them to show you what you need, and how you should use it?
ROFL - well...not the most usual way of starting into beekeeping, apiary supplies are not really pet-store shops but, indeed, that is a very good question! I will ask my bee-godfather how he got into it....

in my case, an old (1950's) 'Handbook of beekeeping' fell on my lap by serendipity - I started reading it, and was fascinated, not so much by the handling, but by the actual complexity of the biology and social behavior of the bees - as much as by the chemistry and mathematics behind (I know, I'm a nerd) - and by everything that was not known then... and it is not known now either!

So, well, I did, like with my first motorbike. Got on top of one, fell down 10 times, finally learnt how to drive it :-) If you are interested in beekeeping, you start browsing around, find someone who has a colony (or lets you 'shadow' him, so s/he becomes your bee godfather), and learn the ropes. Then you get yourself a first wooden box and host a small feral swarm... and the rest is history. Next time you look ...you will have 10 colonies, and will have adopted half a million bees. They get into you (and not just because of the stings).

Oh well, i'm writing too much :-) if you're interested, happy to tell you more - or check out some of the newsletters that I have on my ink...apable blog

cheers!

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Is that beekeeping book the one by Brother Adam, of Buckfast Abbey?


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Is that beekeeping book the one by Brother Adam, of Buckfast Abbey?


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Hi Ian, no, Brother Adam's books are posterior, (I think his first book was published on the 60s or 70s). The one that I read was a facsimile of 'de res rustica' the first beekeeping handbook writen in Spanish (well - more like, half latin). The original dates back to the 1500's ....
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I first heard about Brother Adam in "The Encyclopedia of Modern Marvels" published in (I think) 1936.


A friend of mine joined the Abbey in the 90s and became Brother Adam's assistant, right up until Brother Adam was forced to retire.



He was an amazing man, and bees are an amazing thing to keep.


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