The title of my last post to my blog was "it snowed a lot", but how could i know that i would have to travel to a far more colder and snowy region... For some personal affairs i went to Digor/Kars for 13 days. "It was just freezing cold". The temperature was minus 30 degrees at night.
This is Digor... The population is just 3.000
Now i'm back at home but my beloveds are in Digor....
Bursa'da... / Back in BursaBursa'ya 18 Şubat'ta geri döndüm ve geldikten bir hafta sonra derneğimizin aylık toplantısına katıldım.
I came back to Bursa on 18th Feb and one week after i arrived i participated monthly meeting of our association.
Our meetings are now held in Historical Ördekli Hammam (Turkish Bath), which is restored as a conference and exhibition center.
Son üç toplantı da burada yapılmıştı ama burada birtoplantıya bende ilk kez katıldım.
The last three meetings were held here as well but it is my first time i have been attending to a meeting here.
The meeting hall of Ördekli Hammam (Turkish Bath) is very spacious and vast but the design of the hall resembles a church.
There were almost 70 beekeepers..
Head of our association, Refik Beri....
Yusuf Beygirci, a beekeper from Adana, has joined our meeting and shared some of his experineces with us.
Tea break and gabfests among close friends...
26 Şubat 2012 Pazar / 26th February 2012 Sunday
The 26th February was a mild day and we decided to control the bees with a beekeeper friend, Enver Mutlu.
İşte kovanlarımız.... / Here are our hives....
They have finished the syrup given and about to finish the fondant candy.
Varostop (Flumethrine) for fighting against varroa ...
Control of some frames,... some brood....
We are almost done,....
The Kindir Farm, on our way back,.... Last time it was covered with snow...
On the way we felt thirst and recognized that there was no water with us. We decided to give a tea break in Akçasurluk, a village on our way.
Ne yazık ki su alabileceğimiz tek bakkal kapalıydı.... :(
Unfortunately the only grocer to buy water was closed.... :(
As we were leaving the village, we saw an almond tree blossoming,... good sign, spring is coming...
At my apiary... once i used to have 52 colonies here,... now seems like a graveyard...
The few colonies that survived the total varroa assault,... the foragers started to bring pollen to the hive...
On our way back we stop by a neighbouring apiary; apiary of Ferhat SIVAT. The water level in the fountain seems high because the flowing water was much more higher than it was last summer. Since he has lost so many hives due to varroa, he doesn't feel earger to takecare of the bees. Beause these empty hives were here months ago and now they are still in thesame place.
O gün daha sonra Enver'in arılığına gittik.
Later that day, we drove to Enver's apiary.
A very steep hill... it makes you pant...
The hives of an old beekeeper (8 out of 9 hives died, one is still alive...)
Enver, preparing to put varostop to his hives.
A very big grosshopper in the apiary .... it is quite early to see a grosshopper at this time of the year... weird ???
2 Mart 2012 Cuma / 2nd March 2012 Friday
Dün Bursa'nın önde gelen arıcılarından Sebahattin YILMAZ Ağabeyim aradı. Bugün Uludağ Üniversitesi Karacabey MYO'da Hayvan Yetiştiriciliği Bölümündeki öğrencilerle arıcılık üzerine bir söyleşiye davet edilmiş. Öğlen 12:30'da buluştuk ve MYO'na, Dr. Oya GİRİŞİN'in yanına gittik.
Yesterday, Sebahattin YILMAZ, a reputable beekeeping master from Bursa, called me. He was invited to an interview with students attending to animal raising programme at Uludağ University Karacabey Vocational High School. We met at 12:30 and went to Dr. Oya GİRİŞGİN at VHS (Vocational High School)
Uludag University Karacabey Vocational High School
Sebahattin YILMAZ (left), Dr.Oya GİRİŞGİN (middle), Emine YILMAZ (Mr.YILMAZ's spouse) (right)
There were about 10 students attending the interview. They asked so many questions about beekeeping. I was asked questions from time to time.
At the end of the interview, I hope they all got an idea about what beekeeping is.
Bahar geldi. Tahminimce bloğuma yazacak çok daha fazla konu ve resmim olacak. Bir daha sefere kadar hoşçakalın.
Spring has come. I guess i will have more pictures and issues to post to my blog. Till next time bye.