Good evening everybody.
After a false start a few years ago I'm now embarking on this new chapter full force.
I received my introduction to beekeeping when I was stationed with the Royal Green Jackets in Berlin in 1963. Actually, one of my tutors at Cambridge had mentioned how rewarding he found it but I was in no position to pursue it as a student. When I was in Hungary a few years later as a minor diplomat I became friendly with a fellow who used bees as a cover to transport all sorts of contraband about the country. Again, I was unable to pursue it.
I made a disastrous attempt in the 1980s when I was teaching back home in Wales. I mistakenly assumed that this would be a much more relaxing pursuit than my previous career and that I would have ample time to take up what seemed a very curious hobby. The National Curriculum soon saw to that!
It never completely fell from my mind though. When I finally retired from teaching I invested in some equipment to start on a small scale. Fate again stepped in as I agreed to commute to Brussels (Belgium) fairly regularly to assist an old school friend of mine in dealing with some of the implications of Brexit.
Well now here I am, ready and willing to learn. Any tips you can give will be received most gratefully!