Glenstal Woods Charity Walk – Sat 3rd Nov 11.00AM

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Glenstal Woods Walk in loving memory of Kevin Hayes will take place next Saturday 3rd November at 11.00am. All funds raised will be donated to Heart House, the Mater Foundation. This is a 12k walk on forestry track and minor roadway. Walking boots recommended but may not be necessary depending on weather conditions. Parking in Murroe village and a shuttle service will take people to the start of the walk. Refreshments afterwards in the village hall. If you intend on taking part please text 087 2385547 or 085 7164082, to enable organisers gauge numbers for catering etc

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Thought for the Week – Disconnected from Source 

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The issue of self-esteem is not new. Freud attributed the difference between a low mood and depression to self-esteem. He argued that low self esteem triggers depression.
Today we are surrounded by self-esteem concerns. David Tacey claims that the issue has grown because we look to the ego to supply our sense of self worth when the source is elsewhere – in the soul. Since we don’t talk about the soul anymore we can’t  come to terms with self-esteem. He says, “our ego based society cannot understand it because something other than the ego gives us our deep and secure sense of worth”. And we are out of touch, disconnected from this source. He goes on to suggest that this why so many young people are harming themselves, engaging in glue sniffing or attempting suicide. The problem is that they don’t know who they are – they are cut off disconnected from source.
Jung describes this as a ‘loss of soul’ and this disconnection undermines people’s lives makings them anxious and confused. This loss leads to a crippling emptiness which is expressed as anxiety, addictions and even suicidal feelings. We may look fine on the surface but underneath there is turmoil. We need to reconnect with our souls.
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Murroe / Boher Newsletter 28th Oct 2018

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Parish Clergy: Fr Loughlin Brennan                          Fr. Tom Ryan

Tel. 386227 Mobile 087 9814051                                Tel. 352223 Mobile 087 6291557

Recent Deaths: John (Jack) Mackey, Ballyvoureen. Reposing at Meehan’s Funeral Home, Cappamore this Sunday evening from 4pm to 6pm. Removal to Cappamore Church. Requiem Mass on Monday at 11.30am. Burial in Ballinure Cemetery.

Anniversaries:                                     Murroe

Neil Ryan, his parents John and Breda and his brother Owen and

Mary and Jimmy Meehan and

Kitty and Willie O’Malley and

Patrick and Margaret Fleming                                        7pm this Saturday

Tony Maher and his Grandson Ben and

Margaret and Josephine Cahir                                       11.30am this Sunday

Paddy O’Brien and

Liam Maher                                                                  7pm next Saturday

Boher

Dan and Mary Ryan                                                      10am this Sunday

                              May They Rest in Peace

Eucharistic Ministers Next Weekend: Boher: Eilish Bartley.

Murroe: Breda Fitzpatrick 7pm, Mary O’Brien 9am, Anthony Nevill 11.30am

Rosary will take place at 7pm in Murroe Church each Sunday during October

Masses for coming week: No morning Mass in Murroe and Boher this Monday. No morning Mass in Murroe on Wednesday. Vigil Mass in Murroe 7pm Wednesday evening. Masses on Thursday – Boher 10am. Murroe 9am and 11.30am.

SAFEGUARDING: The appropriate use of Social Media is a growing concern. The Archdiocese’s Safeguarding committee has issued guidance on the Use of Social Media for all Priests and volunteers working with young people in the Archdiocese. A copy of this can be found at www.cashel-emly.ie and click the safeguarding tab.

MURROE-BOHER NEWSLETTER: Now is the time for clubs, organisations and individuals to be thinking about a contribution to the upcoming Murroe-Boher Christmas Newsletter. Photographs old and new would also be especially welcome and club reports, articles etc and photographs with names please can be emailed to murroebook@gmail.com.

Coffee Morning will be held next Sunday 4th November after 11.30am Mass at the back of the Church in Murroe. A coffee morning will be held in Boher Community Centre following 10am Mass in Boher on Sunday 11th November. Funds collected will be used for the forthcoming Senior Citizens Party. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

Date for your Diary: Sliabh Feilim Singers Annual Christmas concert will be held at 5pm on 2nd December in Abington Church, admission €10.  Given the homelessness crisis, this year we have decided to give proceeds to Focus Ireland.  We look forward to meeting you at our concert for an enjoyable evening of music and song.

Denis & Margaret Holmes would like to thank everyone who supported their recent coffee morning in aid of Milford Care Centre and to all those who helped out in any way. The amount raised was €1,800 which has been presented to Milford

Glenstal Woods Walk in loving memory of Kevin Hayes will take place next Saturday 3rd November at 11.00am. All funds raised will be donated to Heart House, the Mater Foundation. This is a 12k walk on forestry track and minor roadway. Walking boots recommended but may not be necessary depending on weather conditions. Parking in Murroe village and a shuttle service will take people to the start of the walk. Refreshments afterwards in the village hall. If you intend on taking part please text 087 2385547 or 085 7164082, to enable organisers gauge numbers for catering etc.

CFR-Boher: we are holding free training in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use of automated external defibrillator (AED) on Saturday, 17th November at 9.00.  We especially welcome those who are interested in becoming CFR-Boher volunteers or are members of sports clubs, though this is not required.  For further information please contact Ita Richardson at 087-6886536 or e-mail cfrboher@gmail.com.

Murroe/Boher Camogie Club: Best of luck to our minor team who play in the A Championship semi-final on Saturday at 4pm in Dromcollogher against Newcastle West, this promises to be a great game. On November 12th we will hold our AGM at 8pm in Murroe Clubhouse, all members, players and parents are asked to attend. This Saturday (27th) our monthly clothes collection will take place from 7.30 – 8pm in Murroe Clubhouse, all donations greatly appreciated.

Murroe AFC Notes: A good weekend on the field last weekend. The A team  took on Holycross in the FAI Junior Cup and were deserved 1-0 winners after a tight affair. the B team  and the C team had no fixtures. This weekend its back to league action for the A team when they take on Castle Rovers in Fedamore on Sunday at 10:30am. The B team and C team have no fixtures. Keep an eye on the club’s Facebook Page for up to date fixtures and results.

The annual Murroe AFC fundraising draw, in association with the FAI is on again. There’s a fantastic range of prizes for both the National and the Local draws as always. Tickets have just been released and are priced at €10 or a book of 5 for €50. Tickets are available from all coaches, players, and committee members from this weekend. The Local draw will take place on the 3rd November in the Valley Inn, with the National draw in the middle of November.

Murroe AFC’s book “Murroe AFC The First 50 Years 1968-2018”is still available to purchase at Spar, and English’s. The book is a fabulous record of the story of the first 50 years of soccer in Murroe, and is available at a price of €15. Now that the nights are getting longer and you’ll be settling in by the fire, you’ll need a good read!

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Murroe / Boher Newsletter 21st Oct 2018

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Parish Clergy: Fr Loughlin Brennan                          Fr. Tom Ryan

Tel. 386227 Mobile 087 9814051                                Tel. 352223 Mobile 087 6291557

Anniversaries:                                     Murroe

Winnie Rainsford and

Willie Clohessy                                                                        7pm this Saturday

Joe Bourke                                                                   9am this Sunday

Stephen Ryan                                                               11.30am this Sunday

Neil Ryan, his parents John and Breda and his brother Owen and

Mary and Jimmy Meehan and

Kitty and Willie O’Malley and

Patrick and Margaret Fleming                                        7pm next Saturday

Tony Maher and his Grandson Ben and

Margaret and Josephine Cahir                                       11.30am next Sunday

Boher

Kitty Roche                                                                  10am this Sunday

Dan and Mary Ryan                                                      10am next Sunday

                              May They Rest in Peace

Eucharistic Ministers Next Weekend: Boher: Liz Barron.

Murroe: Bridget Hayes 7pm, Michael O’Loughlin 9am, Saundra Ni Chiosog 11.30am

Rosary will take place at 7pm in Murroe Church each Sunday during October

SAFEGUARDING: All Clerics and Religious are Mandated persons. The Children First Act 2015 places a legal obligation on them, to report child protection concerns to Tusla – Child and Family Agency. These mandated persons must also assist Tusla, on request, in its assessment of child protection concerns about children who have been the subject of a mandated report.

MURROE-BOHER NEWSLETTER: Now is the time for clubs, organisations and individuals to be thinking about a contribution to the upcoming Murroe-Boher Christmas Newsletter. Photographs old and new would also be especially welcome and club reports, articles etc and photographs with names please can be emailed to murroebook@gmail.com.

Lotto Results 14/10/18 -1,17,23,27 – No Winner. €20 Lucky Dips Hanora Fennessy, Chris Ryan, Liz O’Connor, Margaret Ryan. Next week’s Jackpot 2,100. Draw in O’Neill’s

Jigsaw will make a Presentation on Anxiety in Teenagers on Monday 22nd October at 7.45pm.  This will take place at Scoil na Trionoide Naofa in Doon. Admission free and all are welcome.

Cappamore Historical Society will host a lecture entitled “A Guide to the Irish Economy” by Seamus Coffey, Lecturer in Economics at University College Cork and Chair of Irish Fiscal Advisory Council, on Monday October 22nd in Cappamore Community Centre at 7:30pm. All are welcome

Social Dance in Millennium Centre Caherconlish, on Saturday 27th October. Music by Tommy Carroll. Tea Served. Admission €10. Great night guaranteed.

Murroe Road Runners: Interested in going for a run with a group? The Murroe road runners are a friendly bunch that usually meet at the Murroe church on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays at 18:30. Sundays morning runs are usually a bit longer. Everyone is welcome from those starting out to those with a bit more experience. To find out more look up their Facebook page “Murroe Road Runners”

Date for your Diary: Sliabh Feilim Singers Annual Christmas concert will be held at 5pm on 2nd December in Abington Church, admission €10.  Given the homelessness crisis, this year we have decided to give proceeds to Focus Ireland.  We look forward to meeting you at our concert for an enjoyable evening of music and song.

CFR-Boher: we are holding free training in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use of automated external defibrillator (AED) on Saturday, 17th November at 9.00.  We especially welcome those who are interested in becoming CFR-Boher volunteers or are members of sports clubs, though this is not required.  For further information please contact Ita Richardson at 087-6886536 or e-mail cfrboher@gmail.com.

Murroe/Boher Camogie Club: We will be holding our fundraising TABLE QUIZ on Friday 26th October at 8pm in The Valley Inn, Murroe, tables of 4 for €20. Great prizes and a raffle on the night promise to be a great night out, please come out and support our club. On November 12th we will hold our AGM at 8pm in Murroe Clubhouse. All our members and players and parents are asked to attend to assist in the running of our club. Best of luck to our minors who play Galbally in their final group game on Saturday at 5pm in Boher. Next Saturday (27th) the girls will play in a semi-final with fixture TBC – keep an eye on our Facebook page for fixtures. Next Saturday (27th) will also see our monthly clothes collection take place from 7.30 – 8pm in Murroe Clubhouse, any spare clothes donations greatly appreciated.

Murroe AFC Notes: There was a great trip for the U-12 boys and girls to the Aviva Stadium last weekend, along with a few more older clients. The match wasn’t hectic, but a good day out was had by all. Congratulations to Gráinne Regan who received her Ireland cap from John Delaney at half time in the match.

The Murroe AFC annual soccer draw will take place this year in November at the Valley Inn Murroe. Again, this year we are promoting the FAI draw which will give each participant 3 chances to win. There will be a National Draw, a Munster draw and all tickets sold locally by Murroe AFC will be entered into a local draw also (similar to the Christmas draw) There is an incredible prize fund including 4 cars 1 for each province, holidays, trips to soccer games, X-Boxes, mobile phones, vouchers, match tickets and many more. In addition to this the club will run a local draw also where all tickets bought for the National/Regional draw will be entered again for a super prize fund. Please support this, our main fundraiser for 2018 Tickets are €10 each with books of 5 for €50. With 4 Cars, trips to Champions league final, IPADS, IPODS, Mobile Phones Weekends away and much much more it is the draw to be in this year. Tickets are available from players and committee members. Or phone Noel Regan on 086-8109682 or Jimmy on 087-2334561 to enquire.

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Thought for the Week – Darkness v Light

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As we enter this darkening time of the year I find myself drawn downwards into my own darkness. And I am frightened to go there.
Growing up we were taught to avoid the darkness, to fear it and treat it as dangerous territory. Most of my spiritual training has also taught me to ignore this darkness and focus on the more accessible bright half of my being.  And our culture avoids the dark – light is everywhere – we never get time off to rest in the dark. We are always on.
We have witnessed the destruction that ignored darkness has spawned and the consequent disillusionment with the church.
The truth is that we are hybrid creatures, made up of dark and light and we must take both these parts seriously and we all have our own version of these.
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Murroe Road Runners – Interested in going for a Run ?

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Interested in going for a run with a group?.

The Murroe road runners are a friendly bunch that usually meet at the Murroe church on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays at 18:30 ,

Sundays morning runs are usually a bit longer. Everyone is welcome from those starting out to those with a bit more experience.

To find out more look up their facebook page “Murroe Road Runners

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Murroe / Boher Newsletter 14th Oct 2018

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Parish Clergy: Fr Loughlin Brennan                          Fr. Tom Ryan

Tel. 386227 Mobile 087 9814051                                Tel. 352223 Mobile 087 6291557

Recent Deaths: Laurence Broughton, Eyon, Murroe

Mary McGuire (Née Gleeson), High Park, Ballysimon

Anniversaries:                                     Murroe

Peter Lynch and Pakie Lane and

Tommy Boyle                                                               7pm this Saturday

Eugene O’Malley Months Mind                                    11.30am this Sunday

Winnie Rainsford and

Willie Clohessy                                                                        7pm next Saturday

Joe Bourke                                                                   9am next Sunday

Boher

Paul Reilly                                                                    10am this Sunday

Kitty Roche                                                                  10am next Sunday

                              May They Rest in Peace

Eucharistic Ministers Next Weekend: Boher: Kathleen Walters.

Murroe: Elizabeth Power-Lynch 7pm, Willie Carey 9am, Tom Seaver 11.30am

Masses for coming week: Boher – Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 9.30am

Murroe – Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 10am.

Rosary will take place at 7pm in Murroe Church each Sunday during October

Epilepsy Collection: Sincere thanks for your contributions to last weekends collection. The amount raised was €435.

SAFEGUARDING: The Archdiocese recognises and upholds the dignity and rights of vulnerable adults and is committed to safeguarding all our members. Therefore, it has introduced Guidelines for Clergy, Staff and Volunteers for Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults which can be found at www.cashel-emly.ie and click the safeguarding tab.

MURROE-BOHER NEWSLETTER: Now is the time for clubs, organisations and individuals to be thinking about a contribution to the upcoming Murroe-Boher Christmas Newsletter. Photographs old and new would also be especially welcome and club reports, articles etc and photographs with names please can be emailed to murroebook@gmail.com.

Children’s set dancing classes, waltz, jive, line dancing, Sean nos, etc. Have resumed on Tuesdays at 5pm in the Muintir na Tire Hall Murroe. Adult dance classes for fitness and fun will resume on Wednesday 17th of October at 8 15pm. Beginners welcome at both classes.

Lotto Results 7/10/18 -6,12,17,19 – Winner €8,500 Mary Kennedy (Boher). €20 Lucky Dips Tomas Hickey (Caherconlish), Margaret Foley, Rory Moylan & Gerry Lynch. Next week’s Jackpot 2,000. Draw in Pa McGraths.

Murroe-Boher Historical Society – It is that time of year again when we resume our winter talks. Our first speaker of this new season will be David McBurnie, who will discuss “Florence Barrington: A Year in Russia (1916-1917).” Like other young women of her age and class, Florence Barrington (of Clonkeen House and Clonshavoy) volunteered to serve as a nurse during the 1914-18 war. She travelled to Russia, where she worked in a field hospital on the Eastern Front. This talk centres on her work in difficult and challenging circumstances, drawing extensively on her diary, which gives a vivid, often humorous, account of the courage and commitment of a resourceful young woman in a time of war.  The talk begins as 8.30 sharp on Thursday next, October 18. Admission – €5 to non-members. All welcome.

Murroe/Boher GAA and Camogie Clubs will hold a Fundraising cycle – Family 5k and longer 40k – on Sunday next 21st October, starting at Harty Park, Murroe. Registration at 10am. Please support.

Murroe/Boher Camogie Club: Last weekend our minor team received a walkover against Treaty Gaels, this puts them in a great position heading into their final group game next Saturday (20th October) at 4pm in Boher against Galbally. Be sure to get out and support our girls.

Murroe AFC Notes: Team news: The A team took on Aisling Annacotty in Annacotty last Sunday and it ended up 0-0. The B team continued on winning ways with a hard fought 3-2 win also against Aisling Annacotty, while the C team came out 2-1 winners in a tight game with Athlunkard Villa. Keep an eye on the club’s Facebook Page for up to date fixtures and results.

The annual Murroe AFC fundraising draw, in association with the FAI is on again. There’s a fantastic range of prizes for both the National and the Local draws as always. Tickets have just been released and are priced at €10 or a book of 5 for €50. Tickets are available from all coaches, players, and committee members from this weekend. The Local draw will take place at the end of October with the National draw shortly afterwards.

The U-7 Boys team is looking for a volunteer to coach/manage the team, (boys born in 2011), so if you’d like to get involved, email murroeafc@gmail.com or contact Chairperson Jimmy Quinn on 0872334561. All necessary training will be provided by the club.

Murroe AFC’s book “Murroe AFC The First 50 Years 1968-2018”is still available to purchase at Spar, and English’s. The book is a fabulous record of the story of the first 50 years of soccer in Murroe and is available at a price of €15. Now that the nights are getting longer, and you’ll be settling in by the fire, you’ll need a good read!

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Murroe / Boher Newsletter 7th October 2018

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 Parish Clergy: Fr Loughlin Brennan                          Fr. Tom Ryan

Tel. 386227 Mobile 087 9814051                                Tel. 352223 Mobile 087 6291557

 Anniversaries:                                     Murroe

Theo and Mick Ryan                                                     7pm this Saturday

Michael Rynne and

Ann O’Loughlin                                                            11.30am this Sunday

John Clarke                                                                  10am next Friday

Peter Lynch and Pakie Lane and

Tommy Boyle                                                               7pm next Saturday

Eugene O’Malley Months Mind                                    11.30am next Sunday

                              May They Rest in Peace

Eucharistic Ministers Next Weekend: Boher: Des Duffy.

Murroe: Nora Lonergan 7pm, Suzanne Barron 9am, Bridgid McLoughlin 11.30am

Rosary will take place at 7pm in Murroe Church each Sunday during October

First Communion Enrolment takes place next Sunday 14th October at 10am Mass in Boher and 11.30am Mass in Murroe.

Harvest Thanksgiving Service takes place this Sunday 7th October at 3.30pm in Abington Church. Collection for Charity. All are welcome. Refreshments afterwards.

SAFEGUARDING: The Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly continues to ensure and maintain compliance with the safeguarding children policy and standards for the Catholic Church in Ireland 2016. For more information on the policy please visit www.cashel-emly.ie and click the safeguarding tab.

MURROE-BOHER NEWSLETTER: Now is the time for clubs, organisations and individuals to be thinking about a contribution to the upcoming Murroe-Boher Christmas Newsletter. Photographs old and new would also be especially welcome and club reports, articles etc and photographs with names please can be emailed to murroebook@gmail.com.

Children’s set dancing classes, waltz, jive, line dancing, Sean nos, etc. Have resumed on Tuesdays at 5pm in the Muintir na Tire Hall Murroe. Adult dance      classes for fitness and fun will resume on Wednesday 17th of October at 8 15pm.  Beginners welcome at both classes.

Social Dance in Millennium Centre Caherconlish, on Saturday 13th October. Music by Dermot Lyons. Tea Served. Admission €10. Great night guaranteed.

Lotto Results 30/09/18 -2,5,11,29 – No winner. €20 Lucky Dips Mary Hartnett, John Maher, Sarah Butler & Joe Lynch. Next week’s Jackpot 8,500. Draw in Powers.

Murroe Boher GAA Reminder: Limerick Senior Hurling Championship Murroe Boher v Kilmallock Sunday October 7th at 2pm in the Gaelic Ground. We urge all our supporters to get out and back the lads as they deserve it for a great year so far in the championship

Murroe/Boher Camogie Club: Hard luck to our intermediate team who lost their semi-final to a strong Crecora team. The girls have made great strides this year and we look forward to what next year has to bring. Our thanks to the management team and players for their commitment to the club. Best of luck to our minor team who play their third round on Saturday at 5pm in Patrickswell. Last weekend saw our first hosting of an U11 blitz in memory of Johnny O’Brien. Teams from Newport, Cappamore and Treaty Gaels travelled to Boher for an exhibition of camogie with U7 and U9 games also taking place on the day. Well done to the victorious Newport team and thanks to all teams for travelling and to our own club mentors and parents who helped out on the day to ensure a smoothly run event, our thanks to all involved.

Murroe AFC Notes: Team news: The A team and C team didn’t have any fixtures last weekend. The B team took on Knockainey on Sunday last in Tubber and came out deserved winners on a 2-0 scoreline. Keep an eye on the club’s Facebook Page for up to date fixtures and results.

The U-7 Boys team is looking for a volunteer to coach/manage the team, (boys born in 2011), so if you’d like to get involved, email murroeafc@gmail.com or contact Chairperson Jimmy Quinn on 0872334561. All necessary training will be provided by the club.

The annual Murroe AFC fundraising draw, in association with the FAI is on again. There’s a fantastic range of prizes for both the National and the Local draws as always. Tickets have just been released and are priced at €10 or a book of 5 for €50. Tickets are available from all coaches, players, and committee members from this weekend. The Local draw will take place at the end of October with the National draw shortly afterwards.

Murroe AFC’s book “Murroe AFC The First 50 Years 1968-2018”is still available to purchase at Spar, and English’s. The book is a fabulous record of the story of the first 50 years of soccer in Murroe and is available at a price of €15. Now that the nights are getting longer, and you’ll be settling in by the fire, you’ll need a good read!

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Bee Notes – September 2018

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I got the first smell of the ivy in flower last week. It is such a distinctive scent and triggers all sorts of memories as smells tend to do. Let’s hope for some nice weather so the bees can get maximum benefit from this last available food source of the year.
It was a good season for the bees and many have got a lot of honey. A friend nearby tells me she has ‘honey everywhere’. My bees never really recovered adequately to produce a good crop though they did give me a super each and I was able to leave them adequate stores for the winter as well.
The honey is now carefully stored out of reach of wasps and humans. I don’t extract honey as I found the whole process laborious and sticky.  I prefer honey in the comb honey and many other don’t so it lasts longer.  The disadvantage of this method of honey production is that I have no drawn comb ready for next spring and also the production of wax uses a substantial quantity of honey.
FEEDING BEES
If we take much of the bees stores of honey then we need to replace it. I have left my bees with enough supplies to get them through the winter and the ivy flow should provide a further top up if such is needed.
Whatever ones feelings about feeding bees we will probably need to feed bees at some stage to avoid losing a colony through starvation. What is the best food?  The natural food for bees is from plants -pollen and nectar. Plants produce sugars by photosynthesis – the initial sugar is glucose – a simple sugar.The main sugar used in plants is sucrose (our common table sugar) which is made up of fructose and glucose. Nectar contains sucrose plus small amounts of other sugars.
Bees like other animals do not use sucrose for their body functions – they use glucose. In order to get glucose they have to break down sucrose to glucose and fructose using an enzyme called sucrase. Foraging bees begin this process of converting sucrose when they collect nectar and house bees continue the process adding more sucrase.  So bees are able to use sucrose as food. If you give them dry sugar they need to add water to dissolve it and their digestive juices can being to convert it to glucose and fructose. Water is also need to dissolve honey that has crystallised in the comb such as ivy honey.
For winter stores feed the bees with a mix of sugar and water in the ratio of two parts sugar to one part water. Spill a little syrup over the feed hole to enable the bees to find the sugar more quickly.  They need to reduce the water content of the mixture to the consistency of honey. Therefore the sooner they get the sugar syrup after the removal of the honey crop the better chance they have of making it ready for storing.
Some people use fondant to feed their bees. I cam across this recipe developed by Kent Williams for an emergency winter feed.
One part 1:1 sugar syrup
6 parts granulated sugar
Mix and add pollen substitute about two parts
Mix to a dough like consistency  and form into patty (size of a hamburger) place on wax proof paper and put on top bars.
NB: Brown sugar should not be used as bee food as they contain molasses which is toxic to bees. Molasses is not a natural food for bees it is the by product of refining sugar.
BAIT HIVES
In these days when bees are scarce and very expensive to buy it is worth considering putting out Bait Hives – now is the  time to consider making them for the swarming season ahead.  To be successful you need the right design of box put in the right place at the right time of they year!  You can use old hives to make them.
Research recommends the following:
1. Cavity volume – between 20 and 40 litres. A 10 frame Langstroth hive is 42 litres.
2. Cavity shape is not important.
3. Entrance area – 10 to 15 cams – shape not important.
4. Entrance position should be near floor.
5. Entrance direction – facing south or southwest but other directions will work too.
6. Dryness important.
7. Odour – the odour of beeswax is attractive but fresh wood may not be. Include drawn frames.
8. Height – about 5 metres from the ground – on your roof!
9. Well shaded but visible – they avoid ones in direct sunlight.
10. Place at least 100 metres from your apiary.
A bait hive that holds 6 frames (Volume 25 litres)  has the advantage of being easier to set up, take down and to transport. It is best to attach the floor board to the rest of the hive as it is easier  to move about. Bait hives need to be in position a couple of weeks before swarming to maximise the chances of bees finding them. A swarm will send out scouts to search for a prospective home several days before it swarms.
You can be fooled into thinking that a swarm has arrived when you see lots of scouts around the entrance.  Don’t move your bait hive until you see pollen bearing bees entering the hive. This is a sign that the full colony has arrived and set up home. Nest site scouts do not carry pollen. The pattern of bee flight around the entrance can also be a give away- scouts move in and out of the entrance repeatedly. Most foragers leave the entrance in a hurry or stand at the entrance, groom themselves and then fly off.  It is best to move the bait hive in the evening.
At the end of the season it is good to be thankful to our bees. They give me so much pleasure and more importantly scientists reckon say that one in every three mouthfuls of our food depends on them. They are certainly the unpaid workers in our complex web of food production. In the USA it is claimed that they add more than €15 billion in value to farming each year.
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Thought for the Week – The Easy Option

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We all love stories – the story behind the Apple Mac Command Key has remained with me as a warning as to how I can get lazy in what I do and in the decisions I make. It stays with me.  Here is the story.

The Development team tasked with developing the early Mac computers came up with the idea of adding a command key to a standard keyboard. This key if used  in combination with other keys provides a shortcut to an array of menu commands.

They needed a symbol for the key and the team understandably defaulted to the now famous Apple logo.When Steve Jobs saw it he was frustrated – he felt the design team had become lazy and that the Apple icon was being overused.

He would not accept their proposal and sent them back to the drawing board – to come up with something better – something more original. The job fell to the graphic designer on the team called Susan Kare.

She searched through countless books of international symbols and then she came across an obscure sign found on campsites in Sweden and other parts of Scandanavia.  It is a square with looping corners – like a Bowen knot. It was the symbol used on information boards to indicate a cultural centre or a ‘place of interest’, such as a waterfall or other natural phenomenon.

Steve Jobs was very taken with this idea of a symbol directing users to ‘places of interest’ on the computer keyboard. He accepted the symbol and it has remained a unique feature of Apple keyboards.

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