More bees followed the first one out of the Lodge and carried out the same procedure before flying off and, sure enough, after about 20 minutes started returning laden with pollen.  At first the bees were unsure how to re-enter the Lodge but eventually discovered that by pushing the lip on one of the two corners of the cover, they could gain entry.  Thereafter they did this automatically each time they returned to the Lodge.

The live colony is contained in a clear plastic case that fits inside the Lodge, and enables the bees and nest to be seen when the Lodge cover is raised.  When it first arrived the  nest only occupied a small part of the case but within a short time it covered the whole of the case, indicating everything was working as it should.  This was to be expected in view of the close availability of pollen from the flowers in the meadow and our garden.

The disappointment about the Brown Hairstreak is that I have not yet been able to find any eggs on the Blackthorn during the winter, despite marking the appropriate parts of the hedge when I trimmed it in the autumn to show me where to look, and carrying out several diligent searches in January and February. Perhaps I will be luckier in 2017?

I have seen lots of insects, spiders and other invertebrate in the meadow that I have never seen before and have derived a lot of pleasure and satisfaction in trying to photograph and identify them.  I will put pictures of those I have identified on an ‘Insects’ web-page in the ‘Wild Life’ sub-menu of this website in due course, but in the meantime here are some pictures of some of the insects I have yet to identify.  If you can identify any of them, please let me know (chris@g4bue.com) - thanks.

10 January 2019

The research into my father's PAGE family, primarily in Kent and Sussex in the UK and in Florida, Indiana and New York state in the USA, is ongoing and when it is completed, I will make a start on my mother's HARRIS family who come from London and Essex.  I am including a little research into the families of those women who married into the PAGE family and so far I have the GOLLOP family of Devon, London and Sussex (Lucy Ellen GOLLOP married my grandfather William John PAGE) and the AUSTEN family of the Brenchley area of Kent (Frances AUSTEN married my great grandfather John PAGE).

I am in the process of entering my research data into a family tree program called Family Historian 6 and learning how to use the program to create reports and upload them to this website. Initially, and in the majority of cases, I am only entering the basic infor-ation (birth/baptism, marriage, children, death, etc) about each person, but eventually I will include all the information I have about each individual.  Also, apart from myself, although I am entering data for everyone into Family Historian 6, only those persons who are deceased are being included in the reports published on this website.

 

My research is called 'Pages of Pages' and can be accessed by clicking on the relevant menu item above.  Because the entering of the data and the research is ongoing, and I am discovering new features of the program, the 'Pages of Pages’ part of this website is constantly being updated (note the date at the top right hand corner of this page), so please look back here from time to time.

 

My first attempt at publishing my PAGE family research on the Internet was done on the Rootsweb/Ancestry.com website, and is also called ‘Pages of Pages’.  Although some of it is not now accurate or has become outdated, I am keeping it until 'Pages of Pages' on this website has been completed.  To visit that website:

 

If you are, or believe you could be, related to any of the people in 'Pages of Pages', or have any information about them, please get in touch with me at chris@g4bue.com - thanks.