I have to admit I’m slightly obsessed with bees. After reading a book by James Dearsley ‘From A to Bee’, following his first year as a beginner beekeeper, I’m constantly thinking about beekeeping and all things of a buzzy nature 😀So it was perfect timing last week… me and Mr.B had a drive out to Bud Garden Centre in Burnage, for a free talk about bees and beekeeping 🙂
In the warm evening sun, with a beekeepers smoker gently whisping atmospherically away into the air, we got ready to listen to an insight into the world of bees. Carolyn Tregaskis lives in Heaton Moor and keeps bees in her garden. She’d brought some of her delicious Heatons Honey (I eyeballed this as soon as I got there! – I just had to have some :D).
Listening to Carolyn’s passion about keeping bees, she said ‘You start off with growing your own veg, wanting an allotment, you start thinking about keeping chickens, then you want to keep bees’. That’s exactly how I feel 🙂 – a natural progression 😀
One amazing fact I didn’t know, was that honey can keep for thousands of years, even as far back as the egyptian times! I don’t need to worry about my honey going off then :). Carolyn took us through all the different compartments of the hive, telling us what each of the bees do. We looked at all of her bee equipment and paraphernalia. Who knew you could order a queen bee by post?!
When the talk had finished, I went up for a closer inspection of the hive, and asked questions. Everyone left buzzing at the end (I know I certainly did). The more I learn about them, the more fascinated I get. I can image Mr.B in his beekeeping suit… hehe 😀 Well we are Mr & Mrs B(ee) after all 😀 Now we’re looking into having our own bees which is an exciting new chapter in our lives 🙂
Lottie Land Girl Buzzy Kaz xx