John C. Kirk (johnckirk) wrote,
John C. Kirk

It's been quite a busy weekend for me so far, between SJA and work commitments.

Yesterday I was out at A Country Affair in Morden Hall Park (like last year). It was a long day, but quite a pleasant duty, particularly once it warmed up. I didn't bother with most of the stalls/exhibitions, since I saw them last year, but I did go to see Wimbledon Bees, and bought some honey from them. They had some fliers advertising introductory beekeeping courses, so I've signed up for the one in two week's time. I've done a lot of reading about the theory, so it will be nice to get some hands on experience. If all goes well, I may try keeping a couple of my own hives in a shared plot of land (since I don't have a garden).

In the evening I had to go into work to sort out a problem with our phone system. That was inconvenient, but it was also rewarding to be able to figure out what was wrong. I've been doing some tidying up recently, e.g. crawling around under desks to untangle cables and label plug sockets, and that gave me the space I needed to poke at things last night. 11pm on a Saturday night isn't an ideal time to start doing spring cleaning, so I'm glad that I did it in advance, although it's an ongoing project.

Today I was back on SJA duty at Croydon Arena for an athletics meeting. I've done quite a few duties with Croydon Harriers (the local running club), so I'm now recognising familiar faces each time I go along.

Speaking of bees, I've also read Sue Hubbell's A Book of Bees (during the quiet patches of this weekend's duties), which I enjoyed. It's written in a conversational style, and it has various personal anecdotes as well as beekeeping tips. There's some overlap with what I already knew (probably inevitable at this point with any new bee book), and some other info that's either wrong or out of date, but it was nice to see things from a more practical perspective, e.g. advice on how you nail together a beehive from flatpacked pieces rather than details on bee anatomy. As a quicker read, this comic about bees made me smile.

Anyway, I have a day off tomorrow, so I can laze around the flat. Now to bed, to catch up on some sleep...
Tags: bees, hmr, sja

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