Converting a TBH back into a national framed hive

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This was my plan, but the bees have other ideas.

As I only wanted the one TBH and currently have two or do I count the small split from my large TBH and currently very happy living in one end of the hive although fast becoming overcrowded and needs sorting out. Either way I sort of have two and a half TBH’s and this can become four, six and so on so I decided the one next to my small workshop in Brentford has to somehow be  transferred into a national hive without any major upheaval or damage to the bees. This TBH is the one I was looking after for a friend who moved away with the intention of moving it when he found room for it, but later decided to let me have it as it was proving difficult to find room and work commitments made it difficult.

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BOSS CAT HEALING CAMP: OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

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Hello readers~ I have moved back to my healing camp, its really hot today and there was an amazing breeze from the windows, so my humans decided to take me out for a walk and some fresh air.

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I’ve hurt my leg again, i’m not very sure how, but because of this my movements were limited =(

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Here I am relaxing, and enjoying the cool breeze~ then a squirrel ran by! I tried sneaking up on it in ninja mode but it got away =(

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I GOT REALLY CHEESED OFF! So i decided to take a dump!

Haha TAKE THAT HUMANS!

I guess I should heal up properly before hunting again… =)

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Investigating options on the plot!

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This year we’ve been very keen on increasing the produce from our allotment.

One key aspect of this has been to ensure that we can cook more complete meals. It gives us great satisfaction to do this.

Another part of the plan is to increase the uses of the plot.

I’m keen to find uses for some things that we have that we haven’t used before. It’s partly because some things are going very well and if we can benefit from successful crops then that’s great.

This year I particularly hope to find a way of using these things.

Lavender

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Borage

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Achocha

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Purple Kale

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If you have found great uses or recipes for any of these things then I would love to hear about them.

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Mangtout crop

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After struggling to keep any of my mangetout plants going, I have finally got a crop out of them. In fact, I am amazed by the size of the pods, though they have perhaps been left to grow for too long. They are now in with the rice, so let’s hope they’re not too tough!

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Beautiful brijnal bengan bounty

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The jokes are all over. We have two aubergines. They are little and large, streaky down the sides but shiny in places. But they now be in mama’s kitchen. They were sapping their respective plants and flowers were dropping off.

Mama h has decreed that they will meet their fate in being dad’s dinner with home made spuds.

Grown by mama nature; harvested by me!

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Chutney-ing

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Ma got handed three large courgettes in 24 hours. Plus we have a few green tomatoes. So with the home made garlic it serves that they can be used up.

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The recipe is for garlicky Mediterranean chutney. But this is a modified version. Especially with the green tomatoes. Have also added fennel, aniseed, mustard seeds and paprika. Not sure about the red wine vinegar though. We shall how well this is road tested.

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Ancient Woodlands!

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Importance of ancient woodlands 

Ancient woodlands are important for a variety of reasons. They provide homes (a habitat), for many of our loved species.

And, also provide feeding places for many animals, including; birds, deers, and squirrels.

They are important for invertebrates, insects, and butterfly’s too! The dead wood, in ancient woodlands,

provides a home for such animals, and a feeding place.

Also, ancient woodlands provide us with many of the plant, and tree species, without the woodland, we would be deprived of many of our plant, and animal species.

Woodlands are important for people too, as they provide us with oxygen, and clean air.

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Structure of woodlands 

1. Ground layer

2. Field Layer

3. Understorey

4. Glade

And

5. Canopy

The ground layer is covered in things like fungi, and mosses.

The field layer, will consist of flowering plants, and grasses.

With the under story section, you will have shrubs, and shorter trees.

The canopy is exactly as you would expect – the top of the woodlands!

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Woodland species 

Some species of plants and animals can exist in more than one habitat, this type of species, is called a ‘generalist species’ – they can live in woodlands, and in gardens for example. An example of a generalist species animals, would be both the hedgehog, and the foxes.

Some species which are habitants of the woodland, are there for only short term. For example, Chaffinchs migrate to the woodland for summer.

You will find all types of species in woodlands, including; insects, mammals, invertebrates, and birds. This is what makes the woodland habitats unique from other habitats.

Our woodlands are crucial for the survival of some types of species. For instance, bats are a perfect example of this; bats will either live in woodland, or near woodland, this makes it important that we preserve the woodlands for species such as the bat, who solely rely on such habitat.

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Ancient Woodland

Plants can tell us if woodlands been here for a long time. Plants can be the indicator of the woodland, considering that woodland plants are solely specific to the woodland.

We can also tell how old the woodlands are with how people have cultivated the woodland.

Primary woodland – is woodland which has lasted since the last glacier period.

Secondary woodland – is land which has left to be woodland, through letting old agricultural land, regain as woodland.

And

Planations – are man made woodland, woodland which has been deliberate manufactured by man.

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Today, we have destroyed so much of our woodlands, that there is only 2% of woodlands remaining. Stop for a minute and think about that – two percent!

Our ancient woodlands are still under threat though. Even though there is so little of them left. The main reason, is destroying them deliberately, to either use the land for agriculture, or build on that land. Isn’t it time that we protected the last remaining woodland, and try and restore some of the woodland that we have already destroyed?!

In the 20th century, 29% of the United Kingdoms woodlands were cleared, and replaced with coniferous plantations.

Our trees are important for us all; animals and humans alike. Not only are they important, but, they are a beautiful habitat which is unique to the UK, and once destroyed, there can be no turning back. Let’s cherish, and protect our woodlands!

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Shine on Award! Thank you Dezi :)

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Hey  everyone,

We hope you are all having a perfect Thursday!

We recently received the Shine On Award from our friends over at Dezizworld.

The rules of the award are:

  • To mention the blogger that awarded you with it
  • Nominating 15 other Bloggers. 😀 (So who has not yet been awarded this and would like to be listed here! Let us know in the comments.)
  • Tell 7 random facts about yourself

shine-on-award-frum-nylablue-7-14So here are our 7 random facts about us and the cats:

1. Marc was allergic to cats as a child but as you can tell from the blog, not anymore! (Just as well, otherwise Oli and Nubes would have to be shaved every day ;P)

2. This blog was founded by Marc, Yuki and Laura – Two of whom live in London and the third used to live in London but is currently working in a small town…

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Late July Garden

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Here are the garden pictures I promised. Late July, and things are getting big. Tomatoes, beans, and cucumbers are coming on. The sunflowers are about a foot and a half tall. My garden may be behind a little bit, but seeing as I created it beginning in November, I feel pretty good about things. Luscious fruit is growing. Pears overhang the garden. Flushes of greens come and go. Flowers grace the borders. It brings me Joy and Peace.

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IMG_0899I love my Nasturtiums. Even though their taste is not my favorite, bits of the leaves torn up in a salad bulk it up, as well as diversifying the taste. And as my stepdaughter says, it’s nice to see some other colors besides green in a garden. I am coming to appreciate this wisdom more and more.

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Heading to ISBE!

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Dr Kirsty MacLeod

I’m pretty excited to be rolling out this bad boy again:Capture

 

Anyone who’s ever seen me talk will recognise my stock slide template… but this will be totally new, I promise! I’ll be synthesizing the main results of my whole thesis for the first time. I can’t wait to get some feedback and hear what people think! 

If you’re coming to ISBE, I’ll be presenting in one of the (many!) social behaviour sessions, on Saturday at 4:50 in room HN 1036. See you there! 

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