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Relaxation Therapy

Here’s a soothing duet of bees and birdsong from a Suffolk garden. Well, more bees than birdsong, really. But if you like bees, you'll find it deeply relaxing !

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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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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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Taking The “Eek” Out Of Beekeeping

The beekeeping world has been rocked to its foundations by an amazing new exhibit at the Ideal Hive Show: Serge Pantalon, zeitgeist mentor, paradigm-shifter and philosopher, has invented a hive without bees.

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Back To School !

I was preparing to take my bees into Orford Primary School. It had seemed like a good idea at the time. That time was last September, when I offered to bring the bees in to show to the children. Now it was mid-March, 5C and in the middle of a solar eclipse, with a clammy, dank light fading perceptibly. And I was decanting Queen Beryl and 5 frames of bees out of Snape Hive and putting them into a glass observation hive to take into the school. Suddenly, it didn’t seem such a good idea, after all.

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Honey Tasting

To celebrate the arrival of Spring, we held a breakfast honey tasting in Suffolk on Sunday. Amidst a vibrant outbreak of yellow, we decanted 4 of our favourite honeys: one rural summer honey, one borage honey, one Italian acacia honey and, of course, Bermondsey Street Honey. Which one won ?

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Changeling Varroa

New research into the varroa mite has revealed the fiendish cunning of these deadly bee parasites - they employ chemical camouflage to move, undetected, from the bee, on which they feed, into the brood cells, where they reproduce.

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The Poly Hive

With the bees flying from my experimental polystyrene hive with the thermometer at just 4C (note that 10C is generally viewed as the lowest safe temperature for bees to fly), the Optimist and the Pessimist have different interpretations.

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Eye Of The Storm

Each winter, there’s a patch of weather which furrows the beekeeper’s brow. The BBC's weather forecast suggest that high winds, sharp showers and zero degree temperatures forecast for the next 10 days look like being 2015’s pinch-point.

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Suffolk Coastal Honey

Our delicious Suffolk Coastal Honey is now on sale in its home town of Orford - at the winner of the BBC's Best Food Producer 2012 - the illustrious Pump Street Bakery. An ideal gift from the Suffolk Heritage Coast, with or without a bar of Pump Street's extraordinary "bean to bar" artisanal chocolate!

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