Resend of Dispatch from UK
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 5:44 AM
I don't think I ever actually sent this, since I didn't get a copy myself so I'm sending it again. Pardon me if it is redundant:
Hi Folks and greetings from sunny Totnes in the southwest end of England where Spring is in full bloom. This has to be brief as I am shortly going on a country-side tour of local apiaries with the director of the Devon Beekeepers Association. Yesterday we went to Buckfast (yes THAT Buckfast), about 20 minutes away, to watch a nosema inspection: white-coated folks mucking about with microscopes and dead bees brought in by local beekeepers. And as it was Buckfast we went to Buckfast Abbey and saw the apiary of Brother Adam who developed the Buckfast bee. Also bought local Buckfast honey at one of two giftshops. They also have a bookstore. The Abbey is a big tourist attraction and its commercial side has earned it the nickname "Fastbuck Abbey" The people here are very friendly and welcoming and we are having a good time.The weather has been beautiful all week, but is supposed to deteriorate next week (and become much more typical, I imagine!) Look on the meetup web site at some photos. More to follow.......