Bees & Honey

All suited up for a bee check with visiting family (2002)

I first got into beekeeping back in 2001/2. I bought a job-lot of 2nd (or was it 3rd?) hand equipment and a nucleus (starter colony) of bees, and jumped right in. I had recently relocated from the west Midlands to west Cornwall, and much as I had the enthusiasm and interest, the time and circumstance were simply not right. Two years later I sold the lot … and life moved on (with beekeeping – so I assumed – relegated to ‘things that I used to do, but probably wouldn’t be doing again’).

With my granddaughter, then age 5 (2018)

In 2017 I returned to beekeeping after a pause of around fifteen years. Completely by chance, an opportunity presented itself, and I took it. It’s been a steep but enjoyable learning curve, beginning again with a beekeeping course at my local agricultural college (same course, same location, same tutor as previous) before starting up with the one apiary site (2018), expanding to two (2019) then back down to one and up again to three (2020) … and now back down to two (2021) as circumstances have changed, certain locations have proved untenable, and, more recently, the limits of my own fluctuating health dictating what I, realistically, can and cannot do.

The Bee Field. Just a few miles short of Lands End, tucked away in a sheltered, secluded corner of a 7-acre field. Here my bees are helping to pollinate a fledgling orchard; seeking out wild flowers, trees and hedgerows, and visiting nearby gardens. 

The Allotment. A secure enclosure on my local council allotment plot.  Here my bees can feast on the flowering trees of surrounding woodland, along with nearby gardens and hedgerows, and the array of produce grown on the various allotment plots.

When available, I offer my honey for sale. It has to be said, this does not happen often. If you’d like to be notified as and when honey is available for sale, please message me via the ‘contact’ link, and I’ll add you to my mailing list. In the meantime, you may like to check out my ‘Shop’ page, where a selection of items are available for sale, including my handcrafted beeswax candles, and more.