IT'S ALL ABOUT THE BEES 

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Ian Smith is a vanishing breed. He is an independant dairyman. As with many independants he has seen his business eroded by the super markets. Not to be out done he diversified. He was one of my first customers for honey. 
One of the great aspects of teaching a subject that is close to your heart is the seeing students develop and creating their own milestones. Lets have a look at a couple of student journeys. 
David, The Bee Farmer has teamed up with James from Cattows Farm to offer guided visits to his honeybee colonies. The farm's pick your own soft fruits provide valuable pollen and nectar for the bees and in return the bees provide pollination of the fruits. Cattows has a good deal to offer us humans too! 
Yes put a spot of glue there. Yes it will rub off it is PVA. Step back give yourself some room to swing the hammer. That is pretty much how the 1st Blackfordby Scout Group got on with building the brood chamber and supers of the bee hives for the Booththrope Orchard and Pollinator project (BOPP). 
My interview with Ashby Life about becoming Ashby de la Zouch town council first brand ambassador 
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.  
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. 
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. 
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