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Welcome, Guest. Login or Register. Need Bees Removed? Somerford House Bee Posts: 61 Gender:. I have replicated it here for anyone who was interested in this years Apimondia that was held in France. Flew from Exeter to Avignon by FlyBe.
Propeller driven aircraft so I may be able to claim some green points but ideally I would have preferred to go by train as the TGV goes to Montpellier but it would have been almost twice the price of flying so a bit of a non-starter on cost grounds. Not sure all these G20 summits are achieving much climate-wise while this remains the situation.
Interesting arrival at Avignon deep in the South of France - it was raining. Perhaps evidence to support the belief if the weather is good in the UK it is bad on the Continent. This is certainly the case at the moment. Large depression or two over France and big High over the UK. However, all the grass scorched brown everywhere so they have certainly had a hot summer. Then had to find a taxi from the airport.
I've only come across this once before, in Denmark - a small regional airport that doesn't have taxis. Had to get the Information office to ring for one which turned up after about 20 minutes and a couple of showers later - the taxi rank is outside as normal so we noticed the showers. I say we as I shared the taxi with a British lady going on holiday and a Canadian astronomer. I think the latter almost forgave me by the end of the journey for mistaking him for a Yank. The station at Avignon was packed with police.
Not sure what they were doing but on the train to Montpellier they had a success and found someone without a ticket. Dozens of them turned up to see the ticket inspector give her some bit of paper or other which was no doubt some sort of fine.
All very genteel about it - I think it was the high point of the day and was going to be talked about for weeks afterwards. Also interesting to see the ticket inspector asked everyone who had a ticket to also show an ID card. I just claimed ignorance life time's practice and was left alone. Not sure why they were checking IDs but I suspect they are after immigrants coming over from East Europe through Italy or over from Africa by boat.
Finding my cheapo hotel was interesting. It has a setting for going on foot which simply points in the direction to walk. This was fine until I hit a motorway, on the other side of which was my hotel. After a degree of back tracking and muttering in French as I'm trying to get in character for the visit I made it to the collection of plastic cubes which is to be my home for the next three nights. Spent the evening wandering back into Montpellier.
It is 2 miles to La Corum where Apimondia is being held so went there first so I know the way in the morning. Interesting to note three big coaches from Slovakia parked in a lay-by near the exhibition, on the back of which were various bee related pictures so it was clear Slovakia had sent at least or so beekeepers in this party alone. Doubt there were many coach loads coming from the UK but might be wrong.
Afterwards collapsed into the first place offering beer. Had a very pleasant hour or so getting through a Bier Pression Grand followed by a Chorizo Pizza and a demi-litre of house red. Journey back to the "hotel" very painless after that. Seemed almost downhill. Tomorrow: The Exhibition. If I don't get run over on the walk there a further instalment will follow. The switch to turn the bedside light off is directly behind the pillow and about 2 inches above the mattress. Result was when I sat up in bed to read a book the light promptly went out.
I could overcome his by sitting to one side but then had to contend with the bedside light pressing into the small of my back as it was only about a foot above the mattress. Putting the pillow at the other end of the bed to avoid these electrical design nuances I discovered a previously unsuspected facet of hotel design.
The bed had a duvet and a single sheet which both doubled as a sheet beneath me and on top of me. It was a sheet which was essentially one bed wide and two beds long, the fold being at the foot end. Should amuse whoever comes in to clean the room tomorrow sorting it out.
Registration and getting in was well organised and painless and I then spent most of the rest of the day wandering around the three floors Apimondia is spread. A number of stands were taking things seriously and dressed in National costumes. All very colourful. It was interesting to see so many stands just selling honey. I thought it was a beekeeping exhibition but apparently buyers come to source honey.
One supplier of section honey said someone had just ordered 3, sections from him to be delivered as soon as possible. I have no idea whether they work but I am naturally sceptical but reputable companies like Vita Europe are now selling special bee foods so it must be worth investigating. I spent some time on the Swienty and Paradise Honey stands. The latter will shortly be bringing out a unique anti-swarm system that both prevents the bees swarming and stimulates supercedure.
The key to how it works is not so much the hardware itself but the timescale used for the process. I suspect I am not the first person to find having a switch and a lamp in the small of the back uncomfortable. DAY 3 Had bit of a lie-in this morning and arrived at the exhibition at about Feet feeling a trace the worse for wear but rest of body holding up well.
Fortunately, no ill effects from nightcap of Cognac the previous evening. Wandered round the exhibits and was again struck by the number of people selling honey and other hive products like royal jelly and propolis. The latter items seemed to come exclusively from China. There was a stand for Greek honey which had a variety of very interesting types for tasting.
They also do Thyme honey of course and Sweet Chestnut honey. The venue for the one after that in has not yet been decided. There is a feeling somewhere East Europe will probably win as there are so many beekeepers in the region and the votes each country gets is related to how many beekeepers there are in each country. The UK bid is limited by only being an English bid as far as I am aware, i. The venue has to offer more than just a space for beekeeping stands.
So there you have it. I didn't go to any of the talks too mean to pay and too thick to understand most of them but others did, so might let us know what they heard. Start saving for Argentina. As an exhibition and place to hear interesting talks Apimondia was excellent by Rooftops. UK Beekeeper.
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