Sustainable Beefarming

Those of you who have been following my blog for any length of time will know that I am a champion of small-scale, observational, hands-off beekeeping. But as my background is in agriculture and ecology, I am primarily concerned with how honey bees work and impact the wider environment, hence my interest in both keeping my bees and in teaching others through my sustainable beekeeping … Continue reading Sustainable Beefarming

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 sourdough and in baking. I’ve not made this cake before … Continue reading Apple & Marmalade Cake

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 Sustainable Beekeeping courses online, but I alter these courses according … Continue reading Ways to be Wayward this Christmas

New Sustainable Beekeeping Course Dates

I have had quite a few enquiries about resuming my Introduction to Sustainable Beekeeping courses, so I am hoping–after the confusion of the last few months–I am able to give something approaching a definitive answer! To make my in-house courses Covid-compliant, I have reviewed the arrangements so that we can still enjoy the relaxed and informative approach while adhering to the recommended social-distancing and safeguarding … Continue reading New Sustainable Beekeeping Course Dates

Vlog!

I have taken the decision to shelve all my face-to-face courses as the uncertainty continues, and the possibility attendees–or me–needing to self-isolate on an ad hoc basis as the lockdown lifts makes trying to plan dates rather a nightmare, and that’s before the social distancing measures that need to be in place. I am very aware that lots of people come to my courses and … Continue reading Vlog!

Sustainable Beekeeping in a Box

Covid-19 has made it difficult for me to run my courses, and given that the current restrictions are likely to be in place until June at the earliest, this means the beekeeping season will be past its peak and those wanting to get started this year might have missed their opportunity if they are wanting to start with a swarm. I always recommend starting your … Continue reading Sustainable Beekeeping in a Box

Intermediate Beekeeping Course…and some thoughts

It was great to welcome 4 people to this follow-on course: Tracy, Tracy, John and Jan so I had a sporting chance of remembering names! Jan had been on my intro course, but the others were new to the ways of wayward beekeeping, so it was great to hear their experiences and share mine. I like to give people a chance to interject with their … Continue reading Intermediate Beekeeping Course…and some thoughts

Starnash Farmhouse B&B…& Beekeeping

I am always keen to meet up with like-minded people, and I love using honeybees as a way of reconnecting people with our environment. I had a meeting last week with Vicky of Starnash Farmhouse B&B, and after coffee, walking and talking around the beautiful surroundings, it was obvious that it would be a perfect collaboration to run a beekeeping course at her house. We … Continue reading Starnash Farmhouse B&B…& Beekeeping

Intermediate Beekeeping Course

I always enjoy the Introductory courses as it’s great to see the wonderment and interest as people begin to understand the workings of a bee colony, but these Intermediate courses are equally enjoyable as it’s a chance to evaluate what our bees are doing and share observations on behaviour and experiences. This course gives beekeepers a chance to discuss what we have done and learnt … Continue reading Intermediate Beekeeping Course