On Saturday, I went along to Hanbury
Hall in Worcestershire to meet our
bee competition winner Julian, Tim the beekeeper and Neil the
Head Gardener for an afternoon of bees, bees and more bees.
Julian, Neil and Tim
We had a tour of the beautiful gardens and grounds from Neil
(including the mushroom house) and then Tim gave us an introduction
to bee keeping.
Tim has 8 hives at Hanbury Hall which this year yielded 250 jars
of honey. He taught us how to hold a frame, how a hive works and
how to mark a queen bee when you spot her.
Then it was on with the bee suits
Julian got to wear the suit as paid for by the proceeds of
Buy One Get One
Bee whilst I had to wear a suit for a 10 year old as there were
no adult bee suits left.
Once suited, we then got to inspect the innocent hive and meet
The innocent hive
After meeting the bees and asking more home beekeeping
questions, we all got given a jar of Tim's honey
And then Julian and his wife, Nicky went off for a proper
afternoon tea (though sadly the chocolate potato cake had sold
We've made a little film of the day (including Tim answering
lots of your questions) so watch this space for the official
For now though, massive thanks to Tim, Neil and the catering
staff at Hanbury Hall for such a brilliant afternoon, to Julian and
Nicky for being such enthusiastic winners and to my mum for being
an excellent camera assistant.
Here's to Buy
One Get One Bee coming back again next year.