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Recipe For An Apiary

Here’s my recipe for making an excellent Apiary: First take a beekeeper. Then select a location. Prepare the ingredients. Mix well. Add a pinch of bees. Sprinkle in some seasoning. Et voilà - an Apiary !

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Beekeeping Made Simple

Simple steps to follow to become a Master Beekeeper. After all these years, I'm just happy to learn something new every day...

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Meet Betty

Betty is our beautiful new honeybee emblem. We commissioned her from one of Britain’s most celebrated illustrators, Chris Wormell. We gave Chris a tough brief: We wanted a linocut in the English Folk Art tradition, to underline the artisan nature of our honey. However it also had to be scientifically accurate…. on top of which we muttered something about the image having ‘personality'. All in all, quite a big ask for quite a small picture.

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Box Of Tricks

Flow™ hive's marketing campaign portrays bees as a life-style accessory which can deliver honey at the turn of a tap. This is beyond responsible marketing and way beyond responsible beekeeping. Yet it has just raised USD12.2 million from over 36,530 funders.

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In The Apiary – April 2015 – First Inspections

Spring has been a long time coming, but finally, I have been able to crack open my hives and inspect the Bermondsey Street Bees, checking on their health, development and well-being, and especially on each hive's Queen.

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Extreme Beekeeping

Life’s never perfect, is it? Yes, the sun was shining. And indeed, the temperature was balmy. But it was blowing a storm on the Bermondsey Street Bees’ rooftop when I transplanted Neckinger Hive from a 5-frame nucleus into a full-size hive, having waited all weekend for better weather. Welcome to Extreme Beekeeping !

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BBC R4 “Saturday Live” Interview

Last Saturday, BBC Radio 4 joined me on my rooftop to meet the Bermondsey Street Bees. In case you missed it, this blog post has a link to the show. Open it and advance to 44 minutes and 20 seconds into the programme. That's the start of my slot. It was all great fun. I like radio. I'm told I have the perfect face for it.

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Honeycomb Box

Lucky me! My Easter present from Sarah was a gleaming art deco Minton Solano honeycomb box. It's so vintage that it makes me feel young. And our Bermondsey Street honeycomb fits perfectly inside! As I said, lucky me!

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10 Out Of 10

Sarah and I were delighted to receive a collection of wonderful bee-drawings made by the pupils of Orford CEVA Primary School, following our bee-education day in March. Here are some random samples of the art-work. We marked them all 10 out of 10!

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How Long Do Bees Live ?

It all depends. A typical beekeeperly answer. But everything really does depend on which month a bee is born in. A summer bee will have a short life-span, sometimes just six sun-kissed weeks. A winter bee, on the other hand, can live for six whole months ! Why the big difference ?

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