My first practical class was on 2nd May at an Edinburgh and Midlothian Beekeepers Association (EMBA) member’s apiary at the House of Binns. To say I was nervous was an understatement. Having NO sense of direction, I had to get myself there, get suit up and get personal with the bees for the very first time. To be honest, I was hoping they’d say it was too cold and cancel. But no, it was a go and it was fantastic! Which was just as well as I’d already bought my first hive and it was sitting in the kitchen.
I came away from that visit floating on air! Not only had I got myself there, I had lifted a frame from a hive with bees on it and I didn’t freak out. It was going to be fine.
I had a further 2 apiary visits over the following weekends at different sites, thanks to the EMBA. They were exciting, informative and reassuring. I knew I was a beekeeper!