Go girls gooooooo..... 🥰🐝🐝🐝
👀 Just look what is available at the Little Green Pantry, Wellington 🥰
Have just returned from a lovely holiday in East Sussex after such a busy summer with our bees, talks and events.
I had to take my acrylic paints.
Couldn't resist having a play, having found so many beeautiful pebbles 🐝🎨🖌
I've got the GINger out again and this time... a little alchemy 🧙♀️
Crushed ginger, fresh lemon balm leaves, a spoon of honey then added gin. Shaky shaky!
I'll let you know later how it tastes 🥴🥴🤭🤣
How do you like your honey (or gin for that matter?)
Want to get your hands on some of our delicious Honey infused with Ginger?
Come to Oteley today (until 4pm) to get a jar.
Come for 12 noon to hear a brief talk about bees too 😁🐝🍯
Honey infused with Ginger 🤤🤤
And when we say ginger... we mean ginger too in every single jar. We source the finest, freshest, juiciest root ginger then infuse a small batch of our delicious multi-floral honey to produce this fantastic product.
Limited edition and only available direct from us. We will be at Oteley Estate Farmers Market this coming Saturday 8th October, Ellesmere 🤩
With beekeeping work almost done for this year as well as weeks of events behind us... I finally get time to do a few fun things!!
I've painted these little cuties this afternoon and they will bee very useful at next year's 'windy' events in order to weight down the reusable beeswax food wraps which have been known to fly off!!
What do you think of them?
Reading an antique beekeeping book. This made me laugh... grounds for divorce????
The combination of my love of bees and beekeeping PLUS that of fabric and sewing, I simply had to have half metre of these gorgeous pieces.
The one on the left is way better than the photo shows too.
Not sure what project I'll use them for yet 🤔 but it'll bee lovely once I do 😁☺🧵🐝
Abeegail Stingbottom and the Girls on Tour!!
After being collected as that very desperate, ninety-five percent dead swarm on 6th June (remember?) our lovely Queen Abeegail and her colony of gone from strength to strength.
If you saw us at ANY event in 2022 after 6th June, this was Abeegail you saw 🥰
She's been to Shrewsbury Food Festival, Cosford Food Festival Burwarton Show 2022 Weston under Redcastle Village Show, Shrewsbury Flower Show (won 1st place & trophy 🏆) Minsterley Show Weston Park Summer Fiesta Eccleshall Show 2022 not to mention many school visits 💪💪
Not once as she or her colony been grumpy with me, quite the opposite she's rather a Diva and loves the attention. Her work for us is over this year, so they're now concentrating on winter preparation and will move into a new hive this week.
She's bids you farewell and hopes to see you in 2023 😘😘😘🐝🐝🐝
Wow! What a week... five talks in four days (2 WI's, Townswomen's Guild, Allotment Club & today West Bromwich History Group)
All for the benefit of Bee Awareness 🐝🐝
UPDATE - please note that following the sad news yesterday, Oakengates Carnival 2022 has now been postponed.
RIP Queen Elizabeth II from Alison, Steve and all our own Queens 🐝🐝😥
Himalayan balsam... a member of the Bizzy Lizzy family BUT listed as a non-native, invasive plant. Google it!!
LOVED by bees though... especially this colony at The Hem!! 🥰🐝
What an amazing day we had on Saturday at Eccleshall Show 2022
The weather was kind and we had a brilliant time with people 'swarming' around the observation hive trying to spot the Queen 🐝
Children were buzzing about the Roll Your Own Candle Activity 🕯
We had a great position by the main show ring which allowed us to see the attractions. The 'Super Hero' show was truly heart-stopping 😱
And finally we were chuffed to get a few awards in the Horticultural/craft tent 💪🍯🍷🍏🍐🌶🧵
We have one final event this year with our Educational stand with live bees, weather permitting, this coming Saturday Oakengates Carnival Bee there or bee square 🤣🤣😘😘
I'm chuffed to bits... after years of filling 1,000's of honey jars, I've finally got a Bucket Filling Tilter Thing!!!
It's those simple things in life 🥰🥰🥰🐝🐝🐝🍯🍯🍯
What a fantastic bank holiday event Weston Park Summer Fiesta Met so many lovely people who were loving spotting the Queen Bee.
Great feedback. Thank you 😘😘
Next event Saturday 3rd September at Eccleshall Show 2022 Bee there or bee square 🤣🤣🐝🐝🐝
What amazing weather. Pop along to say Hello 🥰🐝🐝🐝
Dont you just love the unexpected?
My work bookings can take me to wonderful locations and I meet some amazing people. Today was no exception. I ran a three-hour workshop at Middleport Matters Community Trust for 14 children.
The venue was outstanding... a recently refurbished (internally remodeled) property from old terraced houses in the Potteries. Certainly an improvement on the Streetview photos!!! There was an adjoining house which forms part of the Re-form project to show how the terraces would have looked when lived in.
As part of the Middleport Pottery Heritage Trail, visitors (small fee) get access to the working pottery museum areas. Of course (here in Telford) we have Coalport etc, but this was a great opportunity to see how life was like in the heart of the Potteries. Hope you enjoy the photos (I took to show Steve what he missed 🤭)
And finally... the icing on the cake... literally, a lovely surprise treat at the end 🧁🧁
p.s. spot the bee vase in the museum (I spied it 🐝🐝 as I walked in 😉)
Another of our guidance videos we send to our new lovely beekeepers.
We pride ourselves to offering quality educational sessions as well as excellent back up support.
Thank you for supporting us by following. Alison 😘😘🐝🐝🐝
Wow! Check out this fantastic video of our star Abeegail Stingbottom Queen Bee laying eggs.
Pop along to Minsterley Show today to see for yourself 🥰🐝🐝🐝
Another interesting video explaining the intricacies of inside a bee hive/nest 🐝🐝
p.s. this actual honey will be available tomorrow at Minsterley Show ... now THAT'S as fresh as can bee 🤤🤤🍯🍯🐝🐝
Another of my support videos for our new beekeepers!
This time I'm explaining 'wet supers'.
Once we've spun off the honey in the extractor, a small amount is left in the cells as well as across the surface of the comb. These are referred to as 'wet supers'.
The entire 'super' (honey box) is returned to the colony from which it came but above the Crown Board. This is like the ceiling in a room at the very top of the beehive. A tiny gap is left for access from below.
The bees explore through the gap and 'think' they've found a hidden stash of someone elses stores. This makes them 'rob it' out, meaning they suck it all up and take down below to their nest area.
We return a few days later and the bees will have licked it bone dry!!! We then remove the entire box, freeze the frames then place in storage until needed next spring!
All good fun. Dont forget we're at Minsterley Show this Saturday where you can pick up a jar of our yummy honey 😘🍯🍯🍯
Removing air bubbles on honey, before jarring!
People who attend our beginners classes are supported afterwards, if needed. If I'm doing something I think they may be interested in, I video. Hardly tiktok but if it helps just one person, it's worth it!
This is what I've sent to them today 😁🍯
With my Guest Speaker work, I get to meet so many wonderful people, all ages and huge range of groups (WI, U3A, PROBUS, garden groups, retirement groups, social groups... so many!!)
I always aim to tailor my talk to incorporate their area of interest, where possible.
This afternoon I will be meeting Shrewsbury Macular Society Support Group so I've nipped around the garden to select bee friendly plants for the members to feel, squish, smell etc
I'm already excited myself 😁👃
Another great Shrewsbury Flower Show for myself and Shropshire Beekeepers Association.
We're there to steward for the association as opposed to being there for us but it's all for the good of engaging about bees.
I was doing the 'cage fight' (live honey bee demonstration) 6 x over the 2 days. You think you were hot?? I was like a wet eel inside my beesuit & I swear I have trench foot this morning after repeated wearing of my soggy wellies 🤮🥵🤣
Hope you enjoy the photos below. Next event is next Saturday Minsterley Show Hope to see you there 🤞🤞
Good evening lovely bee fans.
You think it was hot today? Please spare a thought for me (after a little sympathy here) doing the live honey bee demonstration at Shrewsbury Flower Show.
Phew!!!! It was a tad 🥵🥵🥵🥵 Same again tomorrow. Hope you're able to make it. If not... here's a taster...
By the way VERY PROUD to share the news that if the 4 classes I entered, I got 3 x 1st. Chuffed to bits 💪🏆🐝 Photos tomorrow Alison 😘
Oh no!! 😱😱😱 Where has Abeegail Stingbottom and the Girls On Tour gone to? 🧐🧐
Aha preparing for their exciting appearance this Friday & Saturday.
Gonna bee a scorcher folks so bring a sun hat & cold beer for me in the demo cage outside the Severn Marquee. I was very flattered to be asked by Shropshire Beekeeping Association if I'd do the live bee demonstration 😊🐝🐝
Just a few glass jars arrived this morning.
Oh joy, main honey crop extraction is looming (my least favourite job in beekeeping!) 🤣🙄💪🍯🐝
Another fantastic event engaging with some lovely people. This is our 4th time at this event and one of our favourites.
Bumble had a great time too thanks to Grinshill Animal Rescue Dog Show.
The weather was superb and our bees were delightful. They're now all happy, back in their apiary 🐝🐝🐝
Next event... Shrewsbury Flower Show where we enter a few classes (gulp!!) 🤞🤞
Weston Under Redcastle Village Show
Sunday 7th August
12 - 5pm
Bees, Dog Show, Heavy Horses, Pony Club, Vintage Vehicles, Plant Sale, Ice-cream, Beer in fact so much. Come and see. Only £5 entrance too 🤩
Twerking honey bee 🤣🤣🤣🤣
Want a lovely afternoon out tomorrow? Then pop along to Weston Under Redcastle Village Show.
This will be our 4th time there and never disappoints. Compact yet lots to see and do. Bumble may even enter the dog show 🤣🐕
Hope to see you there. We will have Abeegail Stingbottom and the Girls On Tour live honey bee observation hive as well as pure honey, polish, candles etc 🐝🐝
Why not have a go at Rolling Your Own candle? 🕯🕯
Burwarton Show... fantastic!!!
What an amazing day. Met so many lovely people who were so engaged with our gorgeous, precious honey bees.
Very excited to be involved in the Burwarton Show tomorrow, our first time there after 8 years of
I'll post updates in the morning where you can find us. Pop along to see Abeegail Stingbottom and the Girls On Tour 🥰🐝
It's that time of the year again when I'm running around the garden like the Pied Piper catching different bees for summer school workshops.
These three (2 x bumbles and 1 x honey) are distinctly different and highlight anatomical information for the children to learn.
No bee is harmed. Instead I give them breakfast and release them by lunchtime exactly where I found them.
Whilst I'm having fun delivering my educational session at Brookside this morning, Steve is busy preparing for Burwarton Show this Thursday.
Who's coming Thursday?? More information about where to find us shortly 😍🤩🐝🐝
Beeswax candles - New Product Alert!
Well folks, we've listened to your feedback and comments so have now added more 'practical' solid beeswax candles to our range.
Beeswax candles produce negative ions when burned, and those ions help to neutralize pollutants in the air. This helps eliminate dust, odors, and mold in the atmosphere, easing allergy and asthma symptoms and improving breathing for anyone nearby.
We hand pour each candle using beeswax harvested from our own hives and pure cotton wick. Chemical free.
Our candles are available to buy direct at events we attend or mail order. Flat rate postage £3.30.
Thinking about what to do this weekend?? Pop along to RAF Cosford Food Festival where you can buy delicious local honey, reusable beeswax food wraps, beeswax candles plus dozens of gorgeous food and drink stalls.
See you later. Alison
Only £7 per adult, £4 for children and discounted family tickets.
Undertaker Bees! ⚰
During her very short life of just 6 weeks (summer), a female Worker honey bee progresses through nine different job roles.
As an 'Undertaker' bee, she is responsible for removing any dead bodies from within the hive/nest in order to reduce the risks of decay and potential virus spread, if present. When I see my bees doing this, I'm happy that they're behaving hygienically.
If you've ever had the pleasure of my Guest Speaker talk, you know I have a funny tale to tell about the Undertaker Bee!! 🤣🤣🤣
This weekend the weather is forecast to be much more comfortable so, fancy getting out for some lovely fresh air???...
Then head over to RAF Cosford Museum Food Festival and find us with Abeegail Stingbottom and the Girls On Tour.
We will have delicious pure Shropshire honey from our own beehives as well as award-winning reusuable beeswax food wraps, beeswax polish, candles plus other beeautiful items.
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