2 October 2017

A letter to America

Horrific news is breaking in the UK and inevitably in the wider world of the unfolding tragic massacre in Las Vegas. Just another in a long line of masssacres, due in large part to the unfettered gun lobby and its associated American industry.

Your president is silent on the issue of gun control and pretends to hold out his heart felt sympathies to victims and their families.  What fool has spawned to lead your gun toting society!
I would not presume to speak for anyone else on such a life or death issue as this, and if you are an American reading this blog, it will inevitably make for difficult reading.
Your president Trump has spoken of obliterating a whole country - namely North Vietnam, which would result in millions of deaths. He pretends to be concerned about the deaths of just fifty nine Americans - one millionth of the number of deaths he threatens.
Trumps' hypocracy knows no bounds when one breath speaks of  deadly threat, then the next breath speaks of heartfelt sympathy.
All Americans will have heard the first commandment "though shall not kill".

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I suggest all America is responsible for many of the troubles seen in our world today. Much stems from the desire to bear arms, and not least from the unexpected consequences of holding to this mantra.
The battle cry of one sick mind has been allowed to run riot in an otherwise peacable community and the resultant carnage knows no bounds. It has been copied from previous events of a similar type, and inevitably will be copied in future, so long as the prevailing nature of the American phsyche holds to its present course.

28 September 2017

Bees fed syrup plus fondant in TopBarHive

Tried out my brothers recipe for fondant today and the bees just love it.  Along with syrup fed at the same time, the fondant was attracting the greatest attention. 2kg sugar to 250ml hot water - boiled then simmered for 15mins to 245degF maximum. 2 teaspoons of white viniger  and half a stem of  lemongrass added.  Allowed to cool to 180 deg then wisked to whiten with air bubbles.  Lemongrass removed during the wisking and re-added later. Poured onto foil to cool and later sliced into strips. 

Foil left outside for bees to clean up

Fondant above top bars

Plenty of pollen being gathered

Busiest hive enjoyes the sunniest position

24 September 2017

Bees flourishing in TopBarHive

Feeding sugar syrup mid morning in sunny mild weather. This is my most
active colony and has drones going into the hive as well as foraging bees bringing in pollen, some of which is bright orange in colour.
No verroa treatment has yet been undertaken but I shall take a count soon and treat with an oxalic acid vapour in December.


15 September 2017

Jaka Pamplona Santander Plymouth

The itinery chosen made use of Airbnb in selecting places to stay. The best of these was with Lilian and Carlos at San Vicente. Delightful hosts and great food dishes enjoyed here....
Our drive to the Santander ferry port began at about ten in the morning, taking about six hours of scenic motorway, joined at Jaca, heading west via Pamplona,Vitoria Gastiez and Bilbao.

Three Morgan 4/4s or +4s including our own, boarded the Pont Aven, along with a Morgan three wheeler belonging to a well travelled morganeer and photographer Calum Frazer. (I didn't meet him but if your listening Calum I much admire your posts to the Talk Morgan pages.)
Poor weather delayed the very full Santander/Plymouth ferry with the sea-state fairly rough. Out of Plymouth at last, we reached home just before midnight. 

12 September 2017

Loarre Castle and the Mallos de Riglos

The  conclusion to our two weeks away in the Pyrenees has been a visit to this spectacular castle and the nearby rock formations known as the Mallos.
The sheer walls of the Mallos are home to Vultures, Golden Eagles and Chuff.  Several climbers are also seen from here where the Aragon climbing school is based, and their calls of encouragement to one another, rival  the shrill calls of the circling vultures.

Loarre Castle is a Romanesque style fortress begun in the 11th century. The building is of great historical and architectural interest, and has had, incorporated within its walls, a church, a monastery and military keep; extended outer walls served to protect the people of Loarre in times of seige.