My interview with Ashby Life about becoming Ashby de la Zouch town council first brand ambassador 
I still find it a little odd to see my words in print. This piece is a review of the 2017 bee keeping season from the perspective of Bee Farmer Association members in the North and Midlands of England. Non Bee Farmer Association (BFA) member are able to subscribe the the magazine at  
What do Honey bees do in the winter? It is a question I am often asked. Honeybees and Bumblebees over winter in different ways 
In Celtic mythology, Honey bees were regarded as messengers between our world and the spirit realm and were associated with wisdom garnered from the other world.  
Honey is versitile. Every Christmas I make a honey glazed ham for Christmas eve tea and for impromptu meals into the New Year. 
A great little Linkedin thread, initially posted by a photographer I engaged for headshots, but turned in a splendid and unsolicited positive feedback thread.  
A byproduct of keeping bees is beeswax. Part of a good husbandry regime is replace old honeycomb with clean foundation. The best wax comes from the capping when extracting honey. If you remember your ancient Greek myths, Icarus son of Daedalus ,made wings securing the feathers with beeswax. He flew too close to the sun, the wax melted and Icarus fell to his death. In 181 BC when the Romans defeated the Corsicans they imposed a tax of 100,000 lbs of bees wax. In 1371 a petition was presented to the London Court of Alderman on behalf of the Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers, which established them as the world’s oldest English Guild. 
Handmade food is all about provenance. After all it is why the public seek out sustainable and ethically produced products. The Bee Farmer has a way to demonstrate the provenance of his honey using a tracking engine. 
I am often asked why my honey jars say "Made in England" on the label rather than name a county. It is all to do with where the bees live and the rules on labeling. 
The winter is the time for ideas and deep thinking. The spring time is the time to try to make them happen. By the spring nature is bursting to get going so who am I to get in the way? Would you like to be part of the Bee Garden story?