Posted in January 2016

Nice to see you girls

Nice to see you girls

This being our first year as beekeepers, I entered winter with some trepidation.  We were told that during the four to five months of winter the queen bees stop laying eggs and the bees stay mostly in their hives in a tight bunch to stay warm and economise their precious stock of honey. Even by the standards … Continue reading

Persimmon Sorbet

Persimmon Sorbet

The persimmon fruit starts its life as very discrete white flower about the beginning of June. By the middle of November some are starting to ripen and being burst open by birds, and in 2015 being feasted on by the glut of Asian hornets (Vespa velutina). This poses a problem as the Persimmon ripen slowly … Continue reading

A beekeeper’s notes for the year

A beekeeper’s notes for the year

My copy of “A beekeeper’s notes for the year” by Emma Sarah Tennant arrived this week.  Emma is a beekeeper who writes the blog Miss Apis Mellifera and the book  has  been based on her blog posts.  She keeps her bees with a hive partner, Emily Scott, who also blogs at Adventures in Beeland and I have … Continue reading

The Savill Garden December 2015

The Savill Garden December 2015

I first visited The Savill Garden in December 2012 (Free in December).  I admit the absence of an entrance fee attracted me to visit but it has become one of my favourite gardens.  For me to really appreciate a garden I need to get to know it and I look forward to seeing some of … Continue reading