A detailed account of the essential operations and management that a beekeepers performs throughout the year by a retired systems engineer who has kept bees for over 30 years. Joe Bleasdale is a retired systems engineer and has kept bees for over 30 years in the counties of Hampshire and Somerset. He also gardens and makes cider from his little orchard. He is married, with two grown up children, a daughter who now teaches Yoga and keeps chickens, and a son who owns an orchard in Wales and sells cider and apple trees. He is a member of the Somerset branch of the British Beekeeping Association and lives in Brewham.