Bee experts recollections on beekeeping
This is one of the great beekeeping books of all time. Manley draws on his commercial experience to explain all aspects of beekeeping. This is a book which is a joy to read, you read it, then reread it. As your experience improves you will understand more & more of the value of Manley’s words. Strongly recommended.
Bee-Master Revisited is a revised autobiography of George Wakeford, BEM, a celebrated Sussex Master Beekeeper. His uncanny expertise in the handling of bees and his service to hundreds of novices and clients earned him a reputation as a country genius not only among his fellow beekeepers but also with ‘lay’ persons, journalists, local historians and TV producers alike. With his passing in 1985, any chance of him revising his slim autobiography was lost. His little book was long out of print and hard to find, even second-hand. Those who knew him or learned of his remarkable life and accomplishments have requested a reissue. NBB welcomed this opportunity but considered that his fascinating life story, as he tells it in his natural Sussex way, is far too modest and brief to do the man justice. Accordingly Geoffrey Lawes, with the substantial assistance of Roger Patterson and George’s daughter Josie, has edited his original work, and added much background detail which supports George’s text. He enlarges on his life story, offers lucidity on elementary beekeeping, provides generous early 20th century photographs and gives a concrete realisation of country life as lived by a unique English countryman.
An account of the life of Brother Adam of Buckfast Abbey, a world famous beekeeper, by a Devon beekeeper who travelled with Adam on some of his journeys searching for the perfect bee. The story of Brother Adam and Buckfast Abbey two names that will always be linked in the beekeepers mind. An updated edition of the 1989 volume.
Ken Pickles , the Wharfedale Beekeeper has written a wide ranging text reviewing his beekeeping philosophy and the underlying reasons for their success. Certainly a must for any Yorkshireman. It recalls Summer evening sitting by his hives, the lure of the craft and all that it is associated with.
That Year at Cornborough is a description by a member of the Northern Branch of the Devon Beekeeper’s Association of what happened month by month in his own apiary during the year of the Branch’s 75th Anniversary. Each chapter covers both practice and theory, lists the bee-flowers seen in the environs of the apiary each month and is thus a distillation of beekeeping knowledge picket up over a period of thirty years. Though more of a historical record than a bee textbook, it would be a useful seasonal guide for beginners, and those anxious to begin making mead with their honey or wanting to improve their existing techniques would find the section on mead-making particularly useful. The Revd. B. Tinsley (BA. DPS) has kept bees since moving to Devon to be Rector of Newton Tracey in 1961. He is a past Chairman of the Northern Branch of the DBKA, has won prizes at the Branch and Country Shows for his mead and honey-cookery, and some sections of this book are taken from lectures he has given over the years on different aspects of beekeeping.
Bechbretha ‘bee-judgements’ provides a detailed account of early Irish law relating to bee-keeping, and covers such tropics as ownership of swarms, theft of bee-hives, and neighbours’ entitlements to honey from a beekeeper. The author also refers to the law-case which resulted from the blinding by a bee-sting of the eye of the Ulster king Congal Caech (637). On linguistic and historical grounds, the editors date this remarkably well –preserved text to the seventh century AD.
This volume includes a description of the manuscripts, linguistic and legal introductions, an account of early Irish bee-keeping, a restored text with translation, and textural notes. The appendixes contain other Irish legal texts relating to bee-keeping, as well as Medieval Welsh legal material on this topic.
This is a collection of articles written by Elbert Jaycox for the newsletter Bees & Honey during 1975 – 1981 when he was the beekeeping specialist at the University of Illinois. As you would expect from such an expert it is packed with pearls of wisdom – based on his lifetime experiences or gathered from a wide reading of the literature. Recommended.
A collection of articles, written for Gleanings in Bee Culture over a period of nearly 20 years by a giant of American Beekeeping.The Best of Bee Talk is exactly what it says. Each entry has been taken from one of over 200 columns Richard Taylor has submitted to Gleanings in Bee Culture over nearly 20 years of writing. Some are short, at most only a few sentences. But isn’t that what the “The Best” should be? Richard, on occasion, tends to stray from the subject at hand (how-to beekeeping) and interject personal (and probably universal) thoughts, observations and feelings on subjects ranging from gardening to pickups to crickets. Surprisingly, all are related to the art of keeping bees. There are complete contributions here, too. For some, removing even a clause would be criminal, and the information, the emotion, and the grace of each work is exactly as it was originally published.