Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Apprentice

This afternoon I went with my new apprentice, Sammy, and her Mother, Sue, to a hidden gwyle tucked away not a quarter mile from the notorious smugglers’ haunt at Moonfleet.  This is being offered by the farmer as a site … Continue reading

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A Pedant at the ADM

When I left for the Annual Delegates’ Meeting at the crack of dawn my gps told me that I would have half an hour to spare on the journey. Unfortunately, it didn’t know that a stretch of the motorway was … Continue reading

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MORE FLOWERS

Female hazel flowers alongside pollen-shedding catkins (as is logical); yellow archangel.

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ULTRA FILTERED HONEY

I just heard the tail end of a snippet on BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme the the effect that a great deal of supermarket honey has been ultra filtered to remove all the pollen and thus flavour and nutrition.  The speaker’s … Continue reading

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THE BBKA ADM APPROACHES

I spent ALL afternoon in a cold village hall at Puddletown with 17 other beekeepers from around the County (except Sherborne, Shaftesbury and Gillingham who didn’t turn up) and consequently missed a party I had been looking forward to; but … Continue reading

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MORE FLOWERS

In Chilfrome Churchyard are the first snowdrops and celandines. Next to the Church gate is a plant in flower to which I can’t give a name. It is an evergreen shrub with elliptical leaves about an inch and a half … Continue reading

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FLOWER LOG

In the last few days I have seen dangling hazel catkins, blackthorn, ivy, ground ivy, ivy leaved toadflax, mahonia, forsythia, dandelion, gorse, comfrey, blackberry, brassica (possibly rape), marigold, groundsel, speedwell and daisies.  I can’t remember there ever having been so … Continue reading

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