Apple & Marmalade Cake

This is a recipe I have adapted from River Cottage Fruit, where I have halved the quantity and substituted dried apricots for the sultanas. I thought apricots would work well with the marmalade, whisky and the apples...and I was right! I made a huge amount of marmalade this year, but I adore it both on … Continue reading Apple & Marmalade Cake

Neonicotinoids and Honey Bees

Oh dear - these are back in the news. Sadly the focus of the argument is producing the same reactive inflammatory discussion between 'farmers' and 'conservationists' even though both actually want the same: a healthy productive environment where all of us - and by "us" I mean all living things - can live, work, and … Continue reading Neonicotinoids and Honey Bees

Cake Recipe for Zoom Beekeeping

Parsnip & ginger cake As many of you will know, I am a huge fan of baking and just because my courses are now on Zoom, I still want to have an opportunity to make cakes. So, here is the recipe for the cake I will have on Saturday for my first online Introduction to … Continue reading Cake Recipe for Zoom Beekeeping

Zoom Gardening for Bees and Wildlife

Having had my test run of the Zoom Introduction to Sustainable Beekeeping, I have decided to go ahead and put my Gardening for Bees & Wildlife online too. We are in national lockdown here in the UK until 31st March now (and likely beyond), but gardening and getting outside is encouraged, and it's the perfect … Continue reading Zoom Gardening for Bees and Wildlife

Zoom Beekeeping Course

My courses have always been quite interactive and convivial, and many people buy them as gifts for themselves or loved ones as I make sure the experience is more than just learning about keeping bees; a far cry from the draughty village hall, lukewarm tea you can stand a spoon in, and digestive biscuits. I've … Continue reading Zoom Beekeeping Course

Ways to be Wayward this Christmas

In January last year, I attended a conference on landscape use and sustainability at Sussex University, and I took away a strong, galvanising feeling of implementing necessary change. Then - bam - the pandemic hit which actually obliged me to pursue the avenues I had pledged to consider. I thought about putting my Introduction to … Continue reading Ways to be Wayward this Christmas