IT'S ALL ABOUT THE BEES 

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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. 
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. 
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. 
Founded in 2014 by Michelle Stratford, Planet Leicester Bakers started as a Bread Angel micro-bakery selling bread from the home doorstep. Planet Leicester Bakers looks for opportunities to use and exploit handmade bread baking in creative ways in local communities. 
The weeds in the Bee Garden have finally shown themselves so it time to take action. However the torrential down pours have made the tracks impassible and water level in the brook has been a concern. 
I went to a networking event today. As is usual one had to say a few words about yourself and/or business. We had been warned that, because of the popularity of the event, we would only get 30 seconds to say our piece. I decide an ode might be the way to make a statement. So an ode is what I wrote. 
The evening of 12th February was pitch black out in the lanes running from Appleby Magna to Austrey. The stars where just veiled by thin clouds. The headlights on Degsy, my trusty 1981 Land Rover, were lighting the sunken lanes with milky white light. 
As my regular followers know one day in June 2015 I visited an apiary only to find twenty hives dead and a few others dying. It was the day of my annual health check with my Seasonal Bee Inspector. 
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