We crossed the Atlantic to visit Artie Rollins at his New York City Parks Department’s 30,000 square foot rooftop on Randall’s Island.
An unusual assignment. And an unglamorous location. Even the taxi driver we flagged down in Harlem after the M35 bus we were on broke down had no idea where it was. Or did, but didn’t like the idea of going there. But we were on a mission.
At the Moulin d’Olivery, the Brenez-Candille family have built up an impressive honey business over 30 years. Patrick and Isabelle Candille currently run 1200 hives, producing between 25,000-30,000 tonnes of honey annually, most of which is sold to bulk buyers. But that still leaves some 30,000 jars to be hand-labelled every year for sale to retail customers. Brava Isabelle!
We were sad not to be able to attend last weekend’s London Honey Show, but delighted that Bermondsey Street Honey rang the bell in both honey categories in which it was entered : 3rd Best Rooftop Honey & 3rd Best Public Tasting Honey.
It is rare for me to receive an invitation to a Palace. As a beekeeper, I usually visit my queens uninvited. But I was flattered when John Chapple suggested that I might like to stand in for him at a Parliamentary away day at Lambeth Palace. John is simply the best beekeeper I know. So to be invited to open his hives and inspect them with a group of absolute novices was a feather in my cap.
As a Londoner, born, bred and beehived, the Evening Standard has always been a bit of a fixture in my life. “Eeny Stannit” was the chorus from one news-stand, duetting with “Noos, Noos” as vendors of the now-defunct Evening News counter-called. Redolent. Continue reading “Evening Standard : Made In London”
Premise: We are fervent advocates of science-led discovery of the wonders of the bees’ existence. We also feel that the availability of sustainable sources of forage is the primary consideration in maintaining healthy and productive apiaries. That is why we organise local pollinator-friendly plantings, have developed our proprietary Apis Forage Index to measure available forage in a specific location and now participate in programmes to further academic studies of apis mellifera. We get involved.
Maurice Polydore Marie Bernard Maeterlinck wrote “The Life of the Bee” in 1901. He was a Belgian playwright, poet, and essayist who was Flemish, but wrote in French. This beautiful, leather-bound edition of “The Life of the Bee”, was translated into English in 1929 by Alfred Sutro (to whom the author dedicated this work).