I spent the night a couple of weeks ago lying awake listening to the wind howling around the house. My mind was full of images of hive pieces strewn about and our lovely Superhive II colony being dispersed over the north sea. I resolved to get up extra early the following morning to go and check them, but, of course, I overslept. I then had to endure a day at work with these images flitting through my mind. Eventually I reached the apiary and with breath held reached the point at which I could see the hive, standing just as I had left it, simply oozing stability.
Stethoscope to hand I listened to the hive sides and was rewarded with the faintest of buzzing sounds at the brood end. Until, that is, I bumped the hive and the note completely changed, becoming reassuringly loud and cross sounding. After checking the entrance and putting a couple of extra bricks on the roof I left for home and a wonderfully dreamless sleep.
All was well.
This post first appeared on the Transition Norwich blog, This Low Carbon Life, on Sunday 11th December.
“The idea of work days is simple and great!” said Eloise, who has been studying permaculture for the past year. “Invite your friends round to help with some big jobs or projects you want to get done in exchange for lots of nice food, company and good fun! And help on their plot another day!”
Shared work days are part of permaculture’s ethos and practice, including in Transition Norwich’s own permaculture group.
It was sunny, mild and dry and over twenty people had come to help out with building a new compost area, preparing raised beds, rotavating, mulching, chopping bundles of kindling in the coppiced wood area for an earth oven and making chicken tractors.
“What I really liked was being shown directly by the makers how to do these things,” she said “You’re finding out how to it physically, with your hands, with your eyes, listening and watching. You can ask them questions, they can guide you. This is very different from reading about how to do things in a book or on the internet.”
Pics: Hammering the psts for the pallet compost bin; Preparing raised beds; Pumpkins for soup; Lunchtime stew; Kindling; Solstice wreath