IT'S ALL ABOUT THE BEES 
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?  
It starts with a phone call. "We want to renovate our stables. It seems we have a few bees under the floor. Could you come along and give us some advice, please?" 
Tallboys Woodworking is Andy. He lives and works in the National Forest area of the East Midlands of England. Andy's preferred timber is Oak. He uses FSC approved and re-claimed timber to make sturdy domestic furniture, kitchenware, homeware, garden tables. benches, driveway gates but also doors and cratches for narrowboats. Read on to find out how Tallboys and The Bee Farmer work together. 
Receiving a telephone call from a home owner with bees in their chimney is not an unusual occurrence in my line of work. To get a telephone call from an agitated estate manager with a pressing problem is not usual. 
If wasps have no friends then the Asian Hornet is even less welcome. The Asian Hornet has been making its way through Europe from Bordeaux where it was first found in 2004. A native of Asia, as its name suggests, it is thought to have hitchhiked a ride in a consignment of pottery from China. Since landing it has made its home in Europe and began increasing it range. 
I meet quite a lot people at events of one sort or another. I am continually surprised by the uses folk have for pure beeswax. I will extend the list as I find out new applications for beeswax. 
Joanne was moved to write a poem dedicated to Derbyshire bees and I get a mention too! I am most flattered.