Bee suits and bee houses. Bee Blog 4

It’s a few months since I wrote my last ‘Bee’ blog which is, mainly, because nothing much has happened since I prepared the area of garden where my bees and their hive or hives will eventually reside.   The autumn has been mostly spent working my way through an excellent book called ‘Bee Keeping for Dummies’ and watching my recordings of Martha Carney’s Hive Alive programmes. Both have given me a fairly in depth view of this new fascinating hobby. Being very slightly OCD I am a great believer in being well prepared for any and all events, whether that’s a dinner…

The Final Chapter. For Now

Day three and the threatened bad weather never arrived. What did arrive were the aches and pains again and the white van man who returned for the rest of the slabs. I really want to crack on today and get most of this finished.   Tomorrow is the Kent Festival of Bees being held near Canterbury. I want to go, especially as my friend, Mark, is presenting on ‘Show Honey’ Think I’m a long way off show honey, or any honey for that matter. I am continually surprised at how popular honey is. Everyone I have told about my plans seems…

Bee Blogging Day Two. More Brambling Than Rambling

Day one: I expected the skip to arrive at the crack of dawn so forced my weary bones out of bed before seven o’clock, in time, I thought, to move our cars off the drive. After a breakfast of toast and honey, not mine yet, but soon, I decided to make a start shifting some of the rubbish ready for when the skip did arrive. It was hard not to be downhearted when I realised just how much there was to move and just how painful my arthritis will be tomorrow. Good thought: While I’m waiting for the skip I…

Busy bees and big butts.

  Last week I took my Junior Church (Sunday School if you’re over 50) group down to do their bit for Tonbridge. We had made an Easter garden for our Tonbridge Methodist Church this year and the youngsters had so enjoyed the project that it seemed a bit of ‘proper’ gardening was called for. Children can learn a huge amount about our world and the need to care for it by getting their hands dirty in a garden. They, and I, had great fun. We planted Pansies, Sun Flowers and Busy Lizzies. We watered, picked up litter and made some bee…