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In The Apiary : Late September : Mishaps

The catalogue of woe in my Suffolk apiary last weekend was bigger and wider than Argos's Christmas edition. So I binned it and started again. I'm going to call last weekend's events "mishaps". Not misadventures and not disasters. Not yet.

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Fair Exchange

I was recently asked to describe my relationship with my bees. Consider. We belong to different species, our lifespans are mis-matched and our unit sizes are dramatically divergent. And I am one and they are many. It sounds complicated – but I can simplify it: the bees are my clients.

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Bermondsey Street Festival

Nikki Vane and I ran a bee-education stall next to our Bermondsey Street Honey stall at the Festival. So with Sarah and my boys running the Bermondsey Street Honey stall, Nikki and I really brought the bees to the Street. Think of it like this: we were the museum, they were the gift shop.

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Pearlesque

Here's a Queen Bee larva from Shard Hive, afloat on a tide of royal jelly. Out of focus, not intentionally so, but oddly apt. Funnily enough, I can get along OK with imperfection.

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Inventure

“Inventure” seems the perfect word to describe the thrill of beekeeping. Plunging into a bee-hive is obviously not outward-bound, as adventures are. It a journey into the insect interior of an unmapped continent, inhabited by phalanxes of winged, poison-dart warriors.

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Fruit Crime

I wish to report a fruit crime. A shrub-napping. Three currant bushes were taken from our Leathermarket Gardens planting. for my fellow community gardeners, the stolen shrubberies have been lost forever - but for the Bermondsey Street Bees, the bushes have been, in the worst case, just temporarily mislaid.

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Terroir

The French have a word for it. "Terroir". That means the precise and peculiar characteristics of a patch of ground and its particular affinity with the bounty being produced there, most often in relation to vineyards and wine. In Bermondsey, we have terroir, too. And it is special. It allows the

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Queen Balling

There are times in life when you can tell that you are witnessing something slightly incredible – yet you don’t have the foggiest idea what's actually going on. Here’s an instance which occurred in my Suffolk apiary recently, with some amazing footage of what is called “Queen Balling”. Hint: keep your eye on the yellow dot in the lower right quadrant of the screen!

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Apis Subscriber Offer – Bermondsey Street Honey

As I mentioned in a recent post, 2014 was "abundant and forgiving" for beekeepers. Spring came early, and summer was fine until mid-August, but by then the bees had done their work and a plentiful honey harvest was assured. We now have an apiary on the Suffolk Coast, in Orford, and will be selling this delightful rural honey alongside our consistently award-winning Bermondsey Street Honey on our stall at the heart of the Bermondsey Street Festival on 20th September 2014.

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Telling The Bees

"Where there are human beings, there exists the possibility of turmoil.” - Serge Pantalon, philosopher and self-proclaimed “movement”.

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