What is Propolis ? If you cast your mind back to springtime and touching the sticky brown outers of horse chestnut buds, then you have an idea of the adhesive properties of propolis. You also have a clue as to its muddy khaki hue and to its arboreal origins. What you cannot imagine, though, is the pervasive, gloopy, gunkiness of propolis. It is not a uniform, clean-cut precision stickiness like sellotape. It’s more like melted chocolate at a five-year-old’s birthday party; the pancaked slap on a pantomime dame; a mastic gun in the hands of a Sunday DIYer after a pub lunch.
Posts tagged ‘John Chapple’
There’s nothing for me to do about the honey crop now. The bees are where they need to be, healthy and prolific, and it’s up to the weather from now to the end of July to dictate the Bermondsey Street Bees' honey harvest.
The Bermondsey Street Bees have been hitting the high notes again, winning yet another major award. At the 82nd National Honey Show, held in Weybridge last week, my hardworking rooftop divas landed second prize in the open, blind-tasted Best Honey Within the M25 category.This is their third award-winning year in a row, following: 2012: Best Rooftop Honey and Best Packaging at the London Honey Show.
2011: Best Honey Within the M25 at the National Honey Show & Best Restaurant Honey at the London Honey Show. Whisper it quietly: The Bermondsey Street Bees consistently deliver London's finest honey!
"Keep Calm and Carry On” was the rallying call in another, now distant, crisis. To combat the current manifest of maladies and affliction in our bee-hives, I would propose the antidote which worked for me last weekend, swapping bee-stories with John Chapple: “Break Out the Tea and Biscuits - and Talk Bees !”
"Forage" - A new pop-up restaurant off Bermondsey Street - a "flier" for the Grand Opening. We are fortunate to be well provided with great restaurants here, but as a beekeeper, I am concerned about what can be done to ensure that there is sufficient food out there for London’s local bees to eat. Hence this focus on "Forage".
The first inspections of 2013 in the Bermondsey Street Bees' Apiary took place in the balmy evening sunshine on Thursday 25th April 2013: Abbey Hive, firing on all cylinders, Thames Hive, not such a bunch of tearaways, after all, and Shard Hive, cursed with a drone-laying Queen...