Narratives and advice from beekeepers across the globe and through the centuries
Not so long ago, in a small island nation in the South Pacific, beekeepers produced a most peculiar honey. It was much darker than clover honey everyone put on their toast in the morning, and it tasted very different. In fact the honey was a problem: it was hard to get out of the combs, and even harder for beekeepers to sell. This book chronicles the remarkable ‘rags –to-riches’ story of manuka honey, as seen through the eyes of a New Zealand beekeeping specialist who watched it unfold from the very beginning.
A life history together with a collection of drawings and poems by a 93 year old Somerset Artist which ranges from snapshots of beekeeping life to the very best of the Glastonbury Festival as well as drawings of life in Scotland. This book – while not helping you to a larger honey harvest will give you many happy and enjoyable hours scanning the pages.
During well over fifty years of beekeeping experience, John Home has twice served as Chairman of the UK Bee Farmers Association – one of only two members ever to be invited to serve a second term – and is also a former Chairman of the Warwickshire Beekeepers Association and it’s local Warwick and Leamington branch.In Home and Away he looks back over a lifetime of beekeeping.
The destinies of man and the honey bee have been inextricably intertwined since the beginning of history; in fact, the bee has been a beneficiary of mankind from the earliest times. There is evidence of this association; an artist, living many thousands of years ago, has left us an excellent drawing on the wall of a cave showing a member of his tribe taking honey from a colony of bees. We also know that the ancient Egyptians transported their colonies of bees up and down the Nile in order to follow the flowering of the plants, and on the death of their Pharaohs they embalmed them in honey. From mediaeval times colonies of the honey bee have been kept and studied at the Abbeys, and among the interesting illustrations in this absorbing book are two of the long famous apiary at Buckfast Abbey. These photographs are, in fact, unique as this probably the first occasion on which the camera has revealed to the public in a handbook on bees a glimpse of the apiary, and of its equally famous master, Brother Adam.Mrs. Linsey has painted a vivid picture in which the romantic highlights are intermingled with aspects of practical guidance. She has managed, in a short compass, not only to give her experiences during a lifelong association with the honey bee, but also to produce a book rich in sound advice on this fascinating subject.