Thought for the week – to live in reality

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After a recent school trip to Kenya one of the boys was asked what was the most important lesson he learnt – he said, “To be kind and respectful to everyone and to spend less time using technology.” This reminded me of Andrew Sullivan, one of the world’s most prolific and influential bloggers – in 2015 at the height of his success he suddenly dropped off the radar…

He wrote a year later in the New Yorker Magazine about his awakening …”Every minute I was engrossed in a virtual interaction I was not involved in a human encounter. Every second absorbed in some trivia was a second less for any form of reflection or calm or spirituality. “Multitasking” was a mirage. This was a zero-sum question. I either lived as a voice online or I lived as a human being in the world that humans had lived in since the beginning of time. And so I decided after 15 years, to live in reality.”

 

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Thought for the week – Grief

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We defend ourselves against grief. Our culture carries subtle and not so subtle messages to stop us expressing our grief. We are told ‘the pain will go away if we ignore it’, or ‘overcome it or simply push beyond it’. We are given ways to deal with it – ‘buy something’ or ‘talk ourselves out of grief by being positive’ and there are even spiritual suggestions where we are told it is ‘God’s will’, or ‘they’re better off now’.

And many of our rituals for dealing with grief, such as wearing black or not going to social events have all but disappeared.

We need to be creative about honouring grief. It is recognised that we go through stages of grief; shock, denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. We don’t have to go through these in order or within any timeframe. It is normal to go back and forth, to get stuck in one stage for a while or to bypass another.

We need to accept grief as part of life’s path – that every embrace has a goodbye, every togetherness a loneliness and every beautiful memory a tinge of sadness; ‘there will always be a corner of our hearts where it is autumn, that part of us that aches with searching and loneliness with restlessness and dissatisfaction’.

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Murroe/Boher newsletter – 24 Sept 2017

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MURROE / BOHER NEWSLETTER​​
24 Sep 2017

Parish Clergy: Fr Loughlin Brennan​ ​Fr. Tom Ryan
Tel. 386227 Mobile 087 9814051​​​Tel. 352223 Mobile 087 6291557

Recent Deaths: Helen Fahy (Née Ryan (Luke)), Dromsally, Cappamore.

Anniversaries: ​​ ​Murroe
Bridie, Joe and Danny Kirby and​
Margaret Cunningham​​​​​7pm this Saturday
Bridget Coleman and
Geard Dunne​​​​​​11.30 this Sunday
Mick Leahy Months Mind and
Michael Power​​​​​​7pm next Saturday
Densie Ryan​​​​​​9am next Sunday
Ann O’Loughlin​​​​​11.30am next Sunday
Boher
Dan Foley​​​​​​10am this Sunday
​​​May They Rest in Peace

Eucharistic Ministers Next Weekend: Boher: Liz Barron 10am.
Murroe: Evelyn Lorigan 7pm. Suzanne Barron 9am. Anthony Neville 11.30am

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

Community Houses for the elderly in Gilmartin Park: A house is now vacant. Applications in writing please to – Community Housing, C/O Kathleen Cummins, Gilmartin Park, Murroe, Co Limerick. Note: you must be over 60 to apply. Closing date 30th September.

New members welcome to the Junior and Senior Choirs. Junior practice -Thursdays 5.00pm- 6.00pm. Senior practice – 8.00pm – 9.30pm.

Autumn Days at Glenstal: Slow down, Reflect and Renew your Spirit over a series of days at Glenstal Abbey. We begin on Sat Sept 30th – ‘The Benedict Option, and why we need it now’. Why in the modernity of the 21st century are people finding a relevance in this 5th century man and his rule? Information on www.glenstal.org or call us at 061 621005.

Coffee Morning to raise funds and awareness for the new Autism Spectrum Disorder Unit in Killinure N.S. Will be held by Boher Community Development Association, on this Sunday 24th September in Boher Community Centre from 10.30a.m – 12.30p.m. All support greatly appreciated. There will be Special Guest’s for all the children to meet on the day!

Coffee Morning in Aid of Fr Tommy Laffan Missions in Kenya will take place after 11.30am mass in Murroe on Sunday 01st October.

MURROE-BOHER ANNUAL NEWSLETTER 2017: It’s that time of year when clubs, organisations, article writers and people with photos of interest should be thinking of their contribution to this year’s annual newsletter. Please submit, by email as soon as possible. This year’s deadline will be the 1st of November at the latest. The e-mail address to send items to is murroebook@gmail.com.

Lotto Results 17/9/17 -3,7,18,31- No Jackpot Winner. €20 Lucky dips Mary Holmes, Lawrence Bartley, Breda Clohessy & Herbie Power. Next Week’s Jackpot €3,100 in the Valley inn

A Coffee Morning will be held in the Community Hall Murroe on Sunday 8th October from 9.30am to 1pm. The purpose is to raise funds for Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children.

BALLYHOURA DEVELOPMENT: The Ballyhoura North East District Forum will take place on Tuesday September 26th at 7.30pm at the Millennium Centre Caherconlish.
Junior Set Dancing Classes, Ceili, Line Dancing, Waltz, etc. have resumed in the Community Centre, Cappamore on Wednesday’s at 4.15pm. Senior Set Dancing and Ceili classes for fitness and fun will resume in the Muintir na Tíre Hall, Murroe on Wednesday 27th September at 8.15pm. Beginners welcome at all classes.

Boher Parish Calendar 2018: Boher Parish Calendar project team will be producing a parish calendar again for 2018. All members of the community are invited to submit photos for consideration. Old or modern photos will be accepted and can be related to a number of topics: historical interest, landscape, parish events, etc. Photos can be given to any of the Community Development Association members. Photos will be scanned/copied and originals will be returned within 5 days.

Murroe Boher Camogie Club: Well done to our intermediate team who beat Croagh/Kilfinny to make the semi-final which takes place this Sunday at 12 noon in Crecora versus Crecora. This promises to be a great game and all support is needed to get our girls into the county final. Our u16 team got a walkover to the plate final which will take place next weekend. Our u10s hosted a very successful blitz on Saturday morning. The u10 county blitz will take place on Saturday, 30th September, in Kileedy kicking off at 9.45am. Best of luck to all our girls and please support our intermediates on Sunday in Crecora.

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Thought for the week – spirals

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Today there is great interest in spiritual programmes. And there are so many to chose from. They are advertised everywhere.

For many of these programs the spiritual life is seen as a sequence of stages each with its own tasks and methodology. This view of life as linear progression is symptomatic of our culture – you go from one thing to another – you never go backwards, always going forward, making progress – your life working better all the time – it is always meant to be summer and if winter sets in something is wrong with us or the program.

The linear view, besides being inaccurate can be exhausting and depressing. Because life doesn’t work that way – it doesn’t always get better – at times it gets worse – you go backwards or so it seems – you regress and get depressed. This problem is particularly severe as we age – trying to do the things we used to do and we no longer can – falling back along that line of development and it is depressing – for we are told we shouldn’t fall backwards.

Other, more traditional cultures, have a circular view of reality- life is viewed as cyclical – there is a winter for every summer, a fallow period for every harvest. You do go into winter, you will fade and there will be hard times but then “in the midst of winter I finally learned that there is in me an invincible summer.” A. Camus.

I find it helpful to combine the cyclical and the linear to form a spiral – you move forward but each time you do, you pass through the seasons of dying, are reborn and flourish again – that is how life works – you know you will go down into the winter, into the darkness but you know it is just a cycle and spring and summer will return. This is the norm – this is nature and if you accept it you can relax into this pattern of life.

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Murroe Boher Newsletter 17 Sept 2017

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MURROE  / BOHER NEWSLETTER
17 Sep 2017
Parish Clergy: Fr Loughlin Brennan Fr. Tom Ryan
Tel. 386227 Mobile 087 9814051 Tel. 352223 Mobile 087 6291557
Recent Deaths: Annette Ahern (Née Courtney) The Meadows, Murroe & Mitchelstown.
Anniversaries: Murroe
Pat Gleeson and
Breda O’Brien 7pm this Saturday
Bridie, Joe and Danny Kirby 7pm next Saturday
Bridget Coleman and
Geard Dunne 11.30 next Sunday
Boher
Bartholomew and Eileen Hanley 10am this Sunday
Dan Foley 10am next Sunday
May They Rest in Peace
Eucharistic Ministers Next Weekend: Boher: Eamon Tuohey 10am.
Murroe: Breda Fizpatrick 7pm. Josie Meade 9am. Kathryn Buckley 11.30am

Community Houses for the elderly in Gilmartin Park: A house is now vacant. Applications in writing please to – Community Housing, C/O Kathleen Cummins, Gilmartin Park, Murroe, Co Limerick. Note: you must be over 60 to apply. Closing date 30th September.
New members welcome to the Junior and Senior Choirs. Junior practice -Thursdays 5.00pm- 6.00pm. Senior practice – 8.00pm – 9.30pm.

Leaving and Junior Certificate Small Group Maths Grinds Kilmurry Arts and Heritage Centre, Castletroy – Commencing Saturday 30th September 2017 – May 26th 2018 (30 weeks) Places limited to cater for individual needs and to build confidence. For further information please contact Orla Fahy at: Orla.Fahy@ul.ie or 085-1726117

Coffee Morning to raise funds and awareness for the new Autism Spectrum Disorder Unit in Killinure N.S. Will be held by Boher Community Development Association, on Sunday 24th September in Boher Community Centre from 10.30a.m – 12.30p.m. All support greatly appreciated. There will be Special Guest for all the children to meet on the day!

Coffee Morning in Aid of Fr Tommy Laffan Missions in Kenya will take place after 11.30am mass in Murroe on Sunday 01st October.
Darkness into Light in aid of Pieta House: As we prepare for next year’s DiL in Murroe next May, we are delighted to report that the 2017 walk in Murroe raised over €23,500. Thanks to everyone in the community and neighbouring parishes for your support for this worthy cause.

Lotto Results 10/9/17-8,11,22,25-No Jackpot Winner. €20 Lucky dips Dan O’Brien, Lena Conroy, Pat Ryan(s) and Pat Kett (Jnr). Next Week’s Jackpot €3,000 in O’Neill’s

Painting Art Classes resuming in Murroe hall on Thursday the 21st of Sept from 7-9pm. No experience is needed. Absolute beginners are very welcome. 4 weeks of still-life painting, 4 weeks of landscapes and 4 weeks of portraiture. €15 Euro pay as you go weekly or €50 for 4 classes. Some materials and refreshments supplied, just please bring your own acrylic paints and brushes. Please text Jenny on 085-7237256 or email jenny28111987@gmail.com to book a place.

A Coffee Morning will be held in the Community Hall Murroe on Sunday 8th October from 9.30am to 1pm. The purpose is to raise funds for Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children.

BALLYHOURA DEVELOPMENT: The Ballyhoura North East District Forum will take place on Tuesday September 26th at 7.30pm at the Millennium Centre Caherconlish.

Junior Set Dancing Classes, Ceili, Line Dancing, Waltz, etc. will resume in the Community Centre, Cappamore on Wednesday 20th September at 4.15pm. Senior Set Dancing and Ceili classes for fitness and fun will resume in the Muintir na Tíre Hall, Murroe on Wednesday 27th September at 8.15pm. Beginners welcome at all classes.

Boher Parish Calendar 2018: Boher Parish Calendar project team will be producing a parish calendar again for 2018. All members of the community are invited to submit photos for consideration. Old or modern photos will be accepted and can be related to a number of topics: historical interest, landscape, parish events, etc. Photos can be given to any of the Community Development Association members . Photos will be scanned/copied and originals will be returned within 5 days.

TABLE QUIZ Boher Community Development Association will hold a Table Quiz next Friday, 22 September at 8.30 pm in Pa McGrath’s, Boher, to raise funds for the maintenance and up-keep of Boher Community Centre. Great night promised, lots of spot prizes.

Murroe Boher Camogie Club: Well done to our U8 girls who finished their season on a high with the county blitz which was brilliantly run in Abbeyfeale last weekend. Well done to all our girls and thanks to management and parents for organising the girls all year. Hard luck to our U14 team who lost out in the B plate semi-final to a strong Ballybrown team. This marks the end of a great year where we teamed up with Treaty Gaels to ensure our girls got game time. Thanks to management and players from both clubs for the great effort and comradery shown all year. Hard luck also to our U16 team who narrowly lost out to Newcastle West on Thursday in their last group game. Our girls will play the plate semi-final next Friday (22nd Sept) with fixture TBC. Best of luck to our intermediate team who play Croagh/Kilfinny on Sunday at 12 noon in Croagh, the winner of which will qualify for a semi-final, which is scheduled for next weekend – be sure to get out and support our girls. Next Saturday (23rd) our U10s will host a blitz at 11am in Murroe, please show your support for our girls.

Murroe Boher Bord na nÓg: Murroe Boher Bord na nOg are delighted to announce two upcoming tournaments. The first will be played on Saturday 23rd September at 17.00 in Harty Park. This will be played by all boys U8 mixed with our U8&9 girls. This will be played in a Munster championship format, and will be followed by a presentation of medals and a BBQ for all to enjoy. This is will be a family occasion, so please try to come out and support our young players. On Sunday , morning September 24th, we are hosting our Annual Jim Commons U10 Hurling tournament. We have teams from Limerick & Tipperary involved. This will commence at 11.00am, and again will be followed by a medal presentation, and a BBQ for all to enjoy, please try and support this great tournament, if you can.

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Thought for the Week – Everything changes.

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Everything changes. The weather changes, fashions change, our body changes, our ideas, our moods change, our loves and friendships change. Our finances and life plans change.

So much in the world reflects change and adaptability – the eye of an insect, the wing of a butterfly, the ear of an elephant, the functions of the human brain are all testimonies to adaptation to a life in continual change.

It was Cardinal Newman who said that ‘to live is to change, and to live well is to have changed often’. The only way we can survive is to be prepared to change. In the midst of changing conditions if you try to stay the same, static, fixed, you will suffer greatly.

Those who do not change or adapt are likely to end up like the dinosaurs!

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Murroe/Boher Newsletter 10th September 2017

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Parish Clergy: Fr Loughlin Brennan                           Fr. Tom Ryan

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

Recent Deaths: Maurice Gavigan, Collinstown, Co Westmeath.

John Nicholas, Cappanuke, Murroe and London, who died recently in London.

Anniversaries:                                    Murroe

Patrick and Nora Ryan and

Una and Paddy O’Dwyer                                                                   7pm this Saturday

Michael Carroll                                                                                    9am this Sunday

Mike and Mary Holmes and

Mary, Harry and Tommy Coleman                                                                11.30am this Sunday

Pat Gleeson and

Breda O’Brien                                                                                      7pm next Saturday

Boher

Celeste Bartley                                                                                     10am this Sunday

Bartholomew and Eileen Hanley                                                     10am next Sunday

May They Rest in Peace

Eucharistic Ministers Next Weekend: Boher: Marie O’Flynn 10am.

Murroe: Bridget Hayes 7pm. Mary O’Brien 9am. Breda White 11.30am

No Adoration in Murroe Church next Friday

Junior and Senior choirs will resume practice on Thursday 14th September. Venue- church sacristy. Times- Junior 5.00pm to 6.00pm. Senior – 8.00pm to 9.30pm. New members welcome.

Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be on display in Murroe Church on this Wednesday, 13th September. A Plenary Indulgence can be obtained by praying before the statue.

Abington Church: The Annual Harvest Service takes place in Abington Church this Sunday 10th September at 4pm. All are welcome to this traditional event and to refreshments afterwards. There will be a collection for Famine Relief in Africa.

Community Houses for the elderly in Gilmartin Park: A house is now vacant. Applications in writing please to – Community Housing, C/O Kathleen Cummins, Gilmartin Park, Murroe, Co Limerick. Note: you must be over 60 to apply. Closing date 30th September.

Leaving and Junior Certificate Small Group Maths Grinds Kilmurry Arts and Heritage Centre, Castletroy – Commencing Saturday 30th September 2017 – May 26th 2018 (30 weeks) Places limited to cater for individual needs and to build confidence. For further information please contact Orla Fahy at: Orla.Fahy@ul.ie or 085-1726117

Lotto Results 3/9/17-14,23,24,31-No Jackpot Winner. €20 Lucky dips Eleanor Robin, Carmel Power, Amy Shaw & George Boyle. Next Week’s Jackpot €2,900 in Crokers

Experienced Childminder available in Boher to mind children in her own home. Also from September, Monday to Friday, drop off and pick up after school for Killinure NS. Contact Bernadette 087 4027178.

Denis Holmes will hold a Coffee Morning in aid of Milford Hospice in their showrooms on Thursday 14th September 10am – 2pm, All Welcome.

Painting Art Classes resuming in Murroe hall on Thursday the 21st of Sept from 7-9pm.  No experience is needed. Absolute beginners are very welcome. 4 weeks of still-life painting, 4 weeks of landscapes and 4 weeks of portraiture. €15 Euro pay as you go weekly or €50 for 4 classes. Some materials and refreshments supplied, just please bring your own acrylic paints and brushes. Please text Jenny on 085-7237256 or email jenny28111987@gmail.com to book a place.

A Coffee Morning will be held in the Community Hall Murroe on Sunday 8th October from 9.30am to 1pm. The purpose is to raise funds for Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children.

Maranatha Prayer Ministry invites you to our Maranatha Healing Retreat on Sunday, 17th September 2017 at 2.30pm at St. Pauls Church, Dooradoyle, Limerick through the Ministry of Fr. Robin Thomas and Heidi Gilroy, Kildare with beautiful Spirit Filled Praise and Worship Music and Song, Confessions, Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Talk, Mass and Adoration and Laying on of hands for healing.  Tea after in hall.  All welcome……

Boher Parish Calendar 2018: Boher Parish Calendar project team will be producing a parish calendar again for 2018. All members of the community are invited to submit photos for consideration. Old or modern photos will be accepted and can be related to a number of topics: historical interest, landscape, parish events, etc. Photos can be given to any of the Community Development Association members.  Photos will be scanned/copied and originals will be returned within 5 days.

TABLE QUIZ Boher Community Development Association will hold a Table Quiz on Friday, 22 September at 8.30 pm in Pa McGrath’s, Boher, to raise funds for the maintenance and up-keep of Boher Community Centre. Great night promised, lots of spot prizes.

Murroe Boher Camogie Club: Well done to our intermediate team who defeated Newcastle West last weekend. Next weekend (17th September) the girls play their last group game away to Croagh/Kilfinny at 12 noon. Hard luck to our U16 team who lost to Galbally last Friday in their first game. On Friday evening the girls played Bruff/Kilmallock in their second-round while on Thursday (14th September) the girls will play Newcastle West in Newcastle West at 6.45pm in their final group game. Our U14s, who have joined with Treaty Gaels, lost out to Ballyagran/Newtownshandrum during the week but a strong second half performance shows promising signs for their B plate semi-final against Ballybrown in Ballybrown on Tuesday (12th September) at 6.30pm. On Saturday, our U8s went to the county blitz which was hosted by Abbeyfeale. Next Saturday (16th September) we will host an U10s blitz – all volunteers and help would be greatly appreciated. Best of luck to all our girls – especially the U14s in their semi-final. Please support our girls.

Murroe Boher Bord na nÓg:  Our Under 13 hurlers took to the field in Boher on Saturday 2/9/17 in the Ryan Cusack Memorial Cup to take on our visiting teams of Ahane, Newport and Durlas Og of Thurles. The first match was against Newport where our lads had a blistering start leading 1-6 to 0-0 at half time. The second half ended 1-2 each with our lads winning the game 2-8 to 1-2. Our next game was against Ahane. Ahane put in a spirited display in the first half but our lads rallied in the second half winning on a scoreline of 3-6 to 0-0. As Durlas Og had won both their first matches also, the third round robin game was played as the final. Durlas og were a very well drilled team with fantastic hurlers. The first half ended 1-2 to 1-1 in our favour but we had to face the second half playing into the wind. The young Murroe Boher lads worked hard in the second half and despite a late goal from Durlas Og in injury time our lads had enough done and won the game by a point 2-3 to 2-2. The cup was presented to winning captain Euan Sheridan by the Cusack family. This was the first time Murroe/Boher had won this competition. Newport were the shield winners with player of the tournament going to Daniel Rossiter of Durlas Og. Many thanks to all who helped out on the day with teas, coffee, bbq, pitch preparation and for the fine spread of food for all our visitors. Well done also to David Hickey, Jack Nicholas, Michael Ryan, Michael Hourigan, Mark Nicholas and Colin Hackett who all represented Limerick in last weekend’s underage intercounty competitions.

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Mulcair Men’s Shed Male Voice Choir update

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Mulcair Men’s Shed Male Voice Choir is up and running. New members are always welcome. If you are interested in joining, please call Willie O’Neill on 086-302-7413. Practice will take place every Sunday evening at 7:00pm in Newport Football Club, except for next Sunday 10th September when it will be starting at 7:45pm.

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Bee Blogs August 2017

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Into September – it is on the cusp between seasons and can be very unpredictable – it can be a lovely month but it can also bring gales with wind and rain and it can fall into between these extremes.   Schools are open for business. When I was teaching I liked to finish my bee work by the beginning of September.  Having retired, I can be more leisurely. I have removed some honey and I have Apiguard on to treat for varroa. Taking honey off in mid August gives time to treat for varroa. Temperatures of 15 degrees centigrade are needed for Apiguard treatment. Temperatures can drop as we head into September.
Working in the apiary all is quiet  – flowers are gone except for the odd straggler – ragwort is still in bloom and this provides useful forage for the bees, butterflies and other insects – ragwort is toxic and can lead to cirrhosis of the liver in horses and cattle but cases are extremely rare – most animals are  clever enough to leave it alone. Fresh ragwort is of little interest to them as it has a bitter taste – the greater risk is when the dried plant is eaten among hay.
The bee are also quiet these days, waiting for the ivy flowers to bloom. I noticed the first ivy flower in bloom a few days ago. There is a feast of berries about and fruit trees are laden with their produce. Blackbirds are reappearing round the apiary – they disappear to moult once their young have fledged  – shedding their tatty, faded feathers. They replace their feathers in stages so they are never flightless.
INSPECTIONS: My main concern at the end of another season is the level of stress I cause when carrying out an inspection. I can’t help noticing the turmoil and the many bits of pollen discarded by bees under pressure. This summer I have left my colonies more or less alone and I reckon that they have produced as much honey if not more, than usual. The other positive with this reduced inspection rate is that the bees are much calmer. When I do regular inspections, I feel they remember the last time and are ready to pounce!  Apparently in the 1980’s Russian beekeepers recommended just four inspections a year. That sounds about right. I plan to try it next year.
First inspection  – in early spring to make sure the queen is laying and has enough space – this year I had to remove some brood frames full of ivy honey to give the queens room to lay in.
Second inspection – approaching swarming season.
Third inspection – not sure about this one – but presume I would do it during the swarming season.
Fourth inspection – at the end of the season to make sure all is in order for the winter.
HONEY EXTRACTION: I gave up extracting honey some years ago as I found it very messy and time consuming. I  now do cut comb honey. I use unwired foundation in the supers or use a starter strip of foundation and let the bees draw it down.
I cut the honey out of frame (a good idea is to place the frame over a queen excluder or other metal grill) lying on its side on the queen excluder and positioned over a drip tray. This will allow the honey to drain away and avoids getting your comb soggy. Cut the comb into the size of your container using a sharp knife. You can buy comb cutters but they are expensive and do only one size.
You can also scrape the honey and capping off the frame into a muslin lined sieve. Leave the sieve to drain over a plastic bucket in a warm room. It is a slow process but honey will separate out and drain into your bucket and then you can jar it.  My mother simply removed a frame of honey, cut off the wax capping and left the frame on its side to drain into a large flat dish. The warmer the room the quicker this works. Once the frame was empty she simply popped it back in the hive to be re-filled! When taking honey, remember not to leave your bees hungry!
WASPS: Wasps can be a problem at this time of the year. Wasps like bumble bees survive the winter through their queens. Worker wasps feed their larvae in the spring with protein from insects and caterpillars and the larvae give out a sweet secretion to the adult wasps. In late summer the colony starts to raise drones and queens and worker brood dwindles and the source of sweetness dress up. The workers now switch from hunting protein to searching out a source of sugar such as jam, rotting fruit etc. Once they switch to sugar you can use a wasp trap baited with jam. If used in spring they must be baited with protein – bits of ham etc. To cut down on the possibility of robbing by wasps reduce the entrance.
I hear that the US Vice President’s wife, Karen Pence, has several bee hives at their new Washington home.  Apparently she uses each political and diplomatic visit to her home as an opportunity to invite these influential guests to visit her apiary. She then explains how important bees are to the planet. She is using Langstroth hives!
Jobs for September:
  • Check honey stores in the hive – learn to estimate stores by hefting the hive
  • Top up stores to a minimum of 18kg by feeding heavy syrup
  • Remove, clean and store the queen excluder
  • Remove empty Apiguard trays or other varroa treatment
Murroe Website EditorBee Blogs August 2017
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