Tagged with honey

And the prize goes to Sunflower

And the prize goes to Sunflower

It seems that we all had a hot summer.  Here, in August we had what they call the canicule – the dog days – with the temperatures nearly every day in mid to high 30s  centigrade (95 to 100F). Throughout June and even July I didn’t mow the area near the beehives. Throughout August and now in … 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

What colour is honey?

What colour is honey?

There are those beekeepers who maintain that the bee keeping year ends at this time of the year; others believe that the year really starts after the honey harvest as one prepares the hives for the coming year, looking forward to the Spring collection. Whatever the merit of the discussion, I feel that the work … Continue reading

A Sweet Present

A Sweet Present

I got a present from my bee keeper friend Michel today.  He knows I like honeycomb so he gave me some “miel en brèche” as it is known in French. It was up to me to cut it avoiding the metal strips running through it which serve as guides for the bees to build the … Continue reading

Fête des Abeilles

Fête des Abeilles

I promise; I promise, this will be my last post on behalf of Amelia who will return back home tomorrow.  However, I could not resist sharing with you all, my visit today to the Fête des Abeilles – The gathering of the members and the friends of the Association of Apiculture of the department of Charente … Continue reading

First visit to a beekeeper

First visit to a beekeeper

We have been buying honey supplied by a local producer, Michel Henry.  In fact we discovered that he lived very close to us and we were able to make his acquaintance and were invited to visit his hives. The entrance to the house is very discrete but once inside a beautiful well-tended garden opens out … Continue reading