P4200077I love the rituals of beekeeping; lighting a smoker, finding the queen and let’s not forget the limitless supplies of tea and cake at apiary meetings.

Like most sensible people I started beekeeping by signing up to a beginner’s course at my local association. The first ritual I was inducted into was making frames, for me they signal the start of the season.

Frame bashing is a rather relaxing way to spend an afternoon, I set up in my garden with a cup of coffee and got to work. Here is my first frame, I won’t provide a close up as it does look like I made it with my feet. Rest assured my subsequent efforts were a fair bit better.