Alex Standing by a Fence

I am a thirty-something software engineer who works for a local university; it is local, but it is a large research institution. I program (or have programmed – past tense) in languages with names like java, ruby, php, python and a host of other names. I enjoy programming/coding; it provides mental stimulation and also pays the bills.  I am also a computer science graduate student at the same institution that employs me.

You will likely not find much if any information on programming, software development/engineering, or much in the way of overtly-tech-things.  You can check here if you are curious with things-tech.

You are more likely to read my ramblings on beekeeping, travel, gardening, and things in between.

1. ABUSHIRI MBWANA says:

Verry much interested to know a beekeeper from Japan. Ishall be verry happy to be in touch from time to time.

I am living in Tanzania and iam working with the Goverment as a District Beekeeping officer in Kilwa District.

Welcome to Tanzania.

Your’s sincely

Abushiri Mbwana

• alex says:

Abushiri – thanks for the kind words. I apologize for taking such a long time to get back to you. The beekeepers I met in Japan all had a similar problem of sorts (unrelated to beekeeping): they did not speak English. I would be more than happy to put you in contact with them, but I fear that you would not hear back from them. It was not until I enlisted the help of native speakers that I started a very long, and slow back and forth “conversation” with them.

• Robert says:

Hi Alex,Thank you Alex for all your extra teachings. Alex makes some great pntios. I am also wary about getting used equipment due to fears about American Foulbrood, a nasty disease.Also, if your hive, like Alex’s, are not conveniently located, you might also have to think about getting additional equipment the bees might need to keep them happy, secure, and safe, i.e. larger feeder , a bear-proofing device, or even hive branding equipment.I also recommend that you get a live mentor because you can use their tools which will help you make finer distinctions between the equipment you like and will use as opposed to not. Finally, Alex gives a good tip in that you should decide how much you want to spend first, rather than later, like I did.

2. Vijay says:

This is the first blog I’ve ever read and, fantasically, it’s about bees! Excellent!Nicks quite cecrort; the less you interfere with bees, the better the results. I have two National Hives but am looking to move the bees over to Warres as the concept appears to be far more sustainable, a lot less traumatic for the bees and a lot less time consuming for me. As there is considerably less manipulation (opening of the hive) with a Warre it means the bees are not having the roof taken off their house, and the furniture inside moved around, every week which must surely strss them out.Therefore, a Warre will be a much better hive to keep in your garden; it’s relaxing to watch the bees, helps the plants, may result in some honey and is a great talking point with friends.I’d fully recommend beekeeping; it’s a fabulous hobby and costs me a lot less than my dog! If you have a club, or someone with whom you can team up, then that gives you greater confidence and knowledge. An excellent beginners book is called, Bees at the Bottom of my Garden . It’s funny, informative and written in an easy-to-understand way which just encourages you to keep readingGo for it.Best wishes,Tim.New Forest, Hampshire, England (the little guys across the water!)