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The London Honey Show…And Tell !

The 3rd London Honey Show will be held at the Lancaster London, W2 2TY (Lancaster Gate Tube) on Monday, 7th October 2013. Last year the Bermondsey Street Bees came first in the "Best Roof-Top Honey" and "Best Honey Packaging" categories. at the show, having won the "Best Restaurant Honey" prize in 2011.

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Parley-voo BeekSpeak?

I sometimes feel that the great British public deserves a bit of help in understanding the peculiar lexicon of beekeepers. To bridge that gap, Apis would like to offer a beginner's guide to BeekSpeak (which I shall refer to as BS in future - again, for the sake of brevity). So here's a handy primer.

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In The Apiary : Mid September : BIAS

Unlike the majority of free-born Englishmen (and women), when a beekeeper encounters BIAS, contentment reigns. BIAS is the acronym for "Brood In All Stages" inside the engine-room of the hive. Those stages are : egg, larva, pupa, emergence of new bee.

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Wannabe Honeybee

With the Bermondsey Street Bees all tucked up for the winter, you will be pleased, no doubt, to hear that I’m getting out more ! I'm temporarily giving in to those of the canine persuasion by posting this unfathomable exercise in bee/dog cross-dressing from beedogs.com. As ever, I’ll be the chief barker in the show-ring for the insanely popular Holly & Lil Dog Show at the Bermondsey Street Festival on Saturday 21st September 2013.

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Red Hot Pokers

Here is a delightful video from my younger son, Maff Gibson, featuring bees on red hot pokers in Tanner Street Park. The colours, noise and mood are redolent of summer - and the video also provides visual evidence that Bermondsey Street Bees can walk backwards!

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Hedera Helix : Love Her, Or Loathe Her?

For the Bermondsey Street Bees, Ivy is a green god-send, cladding the naked city in a shimmering green fabric. Her flowers, pale pollen pom-poms, are just coming into bloom in September, ripe with nectar in abundance for the bees to build up their stores just before autumn sets in. But for beekeepers, there's a snag. Hedera Helix honey is the beekeeping equivalent of chewing gum on your shoes.

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Hitting The Road

Sometimes you hear a song which makes you smile. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing. "Ventura Highway" by America does that for me.

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A Pinch Of Saffron

Just planted 120 crocus sativus - great for the Bermondsey Street Bees, since these beauties flower in October, late in the season. And great for me, since the long reddish stigmas on the plant are saffron, that precious and delicious spice !

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