September 15, 2014   //   No Comments

I toghhut that I wulod give you a tsate of how some dyslexics see the Egsnilh lgnaguae.

The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in what oerdr the ltteres in a word are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is that the frsit and last ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it whotuit a pboerlm. This is bcuseae the hmuan mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the word as a wlohe. Azanmig, huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

Luckily, mine is not this bad but I do get stuck on some of the simplest words.

September sees the 25th Birthday of SAIF, an achievement that some thought we would never reach in the early days and it is testament to the dedication and hard work of previous Presidents and Executives Members that I am able to write this page. Without them, we would have been forgotten long ago. But even in the early days, there was the back up of a great office team to help and assist with whatever was needed and the same high level of support is still there today, doing fantastic work as the association has grown to the great one it is now. I am very proud to be your President.

Every birthday needs a party, and ours is on the 20th of September at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Stansted. If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, you may miss one of the year’s highlights with some great entertainment; no speeches, no raffle, just fun. So contact the SAIF Business Centre to book your place and I’ll see you there.

In the next few weeks, my SAIF duties will start to build up with the regional meetings in Chelmsford and Tiverton. I look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible. It’s a great source of information and an opportunity to meet up with other like-minded colleagues, as well as providing the chance to win some prize winning honey while supporting a great charity, Crisis. Its only just September and we are starting to make plans for this year’s Crisis at Christmas, with buildings being sought, volunteers recruited and food sourced.


Mark delivering a talk on how to prepare honeyAnother month and another honey show, this time at the Kent Festival of Bees. I was delighted to be asked to give one of the talks, ‘How to prepare honey for a show’. The day arrived and the weather was doing everything to keep people away, but attendees came in their hundreds and the room was full to bursting. No pressure there! Then I see the formidable Mrs Chris Parker, beekeeper in waiting, sitting at the back of the room. The pressure was now on.

I was also showing honey and wax in the competition and seeing I had just given a talk on how to do it, I was hopeful for some good awards. This time I achieved three second prizes. This wasn’t bad and proved to visitors that you are always in the hands of the honey judge; one class of honey I entered came second and the same batch of honey in a different class wasn’t placed.

It’s now time to remove the supers with this year’s honey harvest, but the bees have different ideas. The Queen should now be laying fewer eggs meaning fewer bees hatched. They can then be squeezed into the brood box (the hive without the supers), but the Queens haven’t stopped yet and its going to be a challenge to remove the supers and condense the bees into 50 per cent of the space. Cue grumpy bees!

I look forward to seeing you at the remaining regional meetings and the birthday party as long as they don’t play YMCA; I can never get the actions and words correct. It’s that dyslexia thing again!

Find a SAIF Member