The straw skep is a familiar part of the beekeeper’s equipment. Nowadays they are used primarily to gather summer swarms and winter cobwebs but in the past, skeps were used to hive bees all year round. Continue reading Skep History
Winter is coming but when the temperatures is up – 14 degrees C or so – the bees will continue to work the ivy (Hedera helix) especially in sunny intervals. It flowers between September and November – even December in a very mild year. They can take quite a crop from the ivy and it is great fodder for the winter. You will know if your bees are working it because there will be lots of yellow pollen going in which will give the bees a great boost Click here for a pollen load picture or click the photo below for a close up. Standing by the hives the reek of the ivy honey can be very strong. Continue reading Ivy Honey
This is the best biscuit recipe I know and it never fails:
- 4oz self raising flour
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 1.5oz granulated sugar
- 2oz butter
- 1.5 oz honey
- Preheat oven to 190 deg C or 170 deg fan oven;
- mix together flour, ginger and bicarbonate of soda;
- rub in the butter;
- add sugar and honey;
- work the honey into the mixture with the back of a spoon, it will take time but keep at it, till you have a stiff paste;
- form 16 balls and set, well spaced, on greased baking sheets;
- bake for 11 minutes.
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Flyaway hair? Try this recipe I found this morning. It takes minutes to prepare and will hold the most stubborn hair in place.
- 15 grams grated beeswax
- 4 teaspoons coconut oil
- melt the beeswax in a glass jar or bowl over a pan of hot water;
- when melted – add the coconut oil;
- when that too has melted – stir well and pour into a shallow jar;
- If you want to add fragrance – cool slightly and stir it in just before bottling.
To use, scrape a little out with a teaspoon – or a fingernail if you’ve got one of those long curved ones. Spread it out over your fingertips then rub it through your mad hair.
PS If you don’t like the consistency you can always melt it down and add more beeswax or coconut or fry an egg in it.
Get it down you – it’ll put hairs on yer chest.
Welcome to my world. This is how it looked in the winter of 2010.