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Partial Eclipse of the Sun on the top of Arras Hill (Weighton Wold)

Friday, March 20th, 2015

On the way to work, this morning, I took some pictures on the top of Arras Hill (Weighton Wold), 146 metres above sea level, at the triangulation point at Grid SE 91077 41626.

It got very cold, as the sun disappeared behind the moon.






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Back from India and the Kingdom of Bhutan

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Just returned from a month in India and Bhutan, so here is a taster of photographs to come…




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Bee Hives in the Snow Feb 2015

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Snow in the "Shire"!

Snow in the "Shire"!

Second time this year, that it’s snowed. so went down to the apiary, to check on the bees, and took some photos in the glorious sunshine.


Andy's Apiary

The colonies were treated by vaporising with oxalic acid crystals, one week ago, to reduce the levels of phoretic varroa destructor mites, which at this time of year are actually living on the honey bees (Apis mellifera), because my colonies are broodless at present.

The varroa destructor mite was introduced into the UK, in 1992, honey bees (Apis mellifera) have no natural defence to it, and we need to check regularly, as part of our integrated pest management, to ensure the levels are kept low, it cannot be completely eradicated (yet!), over populations of varroa destructor, can lead to colony collapse, it’s also a vector for disease and viruses in  honey bees (Apis mellifera). Varroa destructor reproduce by female mite enters the brood cell, with bee larva, just before the cell is capped, and lays her eggs on the bee larva, when the cell is uncapped, out come the young mites. So, no brood, no larva, all the mites on on the bees, so an easy target to treat, hence why we treat in broodless periods, between November - February.

How do we know, they have mites, we use a sticky inspection board, inserted into the bottom of the hive, the mites drop off the bees, and stick on the board, and then we count them! (yes they can easily be seen with the naked eye!).

sticky inspection board to count varroa destructor mites

sticky inspection board to count varroa destructor mites, brownish spot = mite !

a close up of some varroa destructor mites

a close up of some varroa destructor mites

close up varroa destructor mites, you can see their legs or mouth parts

close up varroa destructor mites, you can see their legs or mouth parts

and I added 2.5kg of ambrosia fondant to each hive. (An insurance policy, to prevent them starving - to help feed them during the winter period), and they are securely lashed down, using hive straps.


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O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!

Sunday, January 4th, 2015


O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Thy leaves are so unchanging;

The easiest way to get out of the house, recycle and dispose of it!

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Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year, No cards this year, Money donated to WaterAid!

Monday, December 1st, 2014

I’ve been struggling with a dilemma for many years, on the distribution and needless spend on Christmas Cards at Christmas time each year, this also fueled by the increase costs in posting a Christmas card in the UK,  currently -  (1st Class letter stamp is 62p, and a 2nd Class letter stamp is 53p), I’ll not be adding to Royal Mail’s Profits this year!

After visiting many countries including Africa, Ethiopia, Nicaragua and India, where people in the world don’t have access to safe water. I’ve now made my decision.

This year, I will NOT be sending out Christmas Cards, and the money normally spent on cards and postage is being donated to Water Aid.

Please do not be offended if you do not receive a Christmas Card, but be joyous in the thanks, that the money has gone to provide safe drinking water to those in need, this Christmas!

Here is a virtual one instead….


and let me takes this opportunity to Wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, from Andy, Lindsey, Esther, Angus and Tilly!


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Happy Halloween 2014!

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Happy Halloween 2014! Don’t forget to put those pumpkins out to keep the evil spirits at bay!


This years pumpkins…



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Popped to Church for Remembrance Sunday!

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

I quickly popped to Church today, for Remembrance Sunday and also to place these “trackables” in the Geocache!

This place “Kirby Underdale” sounds like it’s from Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings

The Church at Kirby Underdale

The Church at Kirby Underdale


The Church at Kirby Underdale

these were the trackables dropped at the geocache..


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Ready for the snow!

Monday, November 4th, 2013

To help carry the shopping back from Pocklington this winter, I’ve purchased….

A sledge!

A sledge!

I just hope it snows, so Lindsey and I can go sledging this Christmas.

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Back to Nature

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

We visited Scampston Walled Garden, at the weekend, here are some photographs I took…

Small Tortoiseshell - Aglais urticae

Small Tortoiseshell - Aglais urticae

these were taken with a mobile phone, not a DSLR with a macro lens!

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Monday, September 30th, 2013



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