Bee Keeping

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    And then there were NINE!

    Blog 8th May 2023

    Last month, we had our first Full Day Bee Keeping course and, as we went through each of the three colonies in the garden, I explained to our guests that it can take a while for them to build up after winter. Fortunately, this didn’t lead to complacency as within three days, another of our colonies was planning to swarm…

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    Will You Raise Good Bees?

    Blog 17th August 2019

    The Green Queens…
    This year is the first year that I’ve used a ‘proper’ queen marking pen – yes, there is such a thing – and I haven’t been the most neat of artists whilst using it. Previous years have found me sporting an old bottle of nail varnish and, as you can see in the photo above, blue glitter was quite a favourite.

  • We are so excited as we prepare for this year’s Country Living Magazine Spring Fair – We’ll be there, complete with a clutch of chickens, and will be based in the Smallholding area as one of the first things you see as you enter the event.

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    All Aboard!

    Blog 12th September 2018

    As Summer days shrink at both ends and a new term starts at school we celebrate the harvest and look forward to all the lovely Autumn activities ahead and, as usual, say ‘All Aboard and Join us on the Journey’…

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    Back to School…

    Blog 12th January 2016

    Welcome back to Hen Corner, especially to new visitors since our recent feature in The Guardian. I know that the children went back to school last week, but I’m going…

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    2015 – I salute you!

    Blog 5th January 2016

    Welcome back to Hen Corner, especially to new visitors since our recent feature in The Guardian. I’m a firm believer that Christmas continues until the twelfth night and remain in…

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    First Class Bees

    Blog 21st September 2015

    ‘A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.’* *Winnie The Pooh September is always busy on the smallholding; it’s our main…

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    Busy as Bees…

    Blog 1st June 2015

    ‘A bee is never as busy as it seems; it’s just that it can’t buzz any slower.’* *Kin Hubbard I normally do tend to pack a lot into my time,…

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    Take Two: Another Home Brew

    Blog 16th February 2015

    “Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.”* *Benjamin Franklin Yesterday afternoon as I sprayed our fruit trees with a winter wash, as natural…

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    London Calling…

    Blog 9th February 2015

    “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”* *Samuel Johnson I received a Tweet recently that…