That has to be the strangest question I’ve been asked by an apprentice! The inquirer was Mandy, to whom I’d just been introduced by her friend Bryn. We intend, jointly, to set up an apiary in Frome Vauchurch, a parish adjacent mine. We’ll have a variety of hives but Mandy is particularly interested in Top Bar Hives and hopes to learn from me.
I’m not entirely sure what inspired Mandy’s question (to which I issued a denial!): possibly my love of nature and desire to work with, rather than against, it; perhaps my poetry; maybe my appearance greyly bearded.
Later today, I intend to head for proper Druid country, Wales, as I’m off to attend the three day BIBBA/SICAMM conference at Llangollen. I’ve booked a spot for my tent at Abbey Farm, a camp site about a mile north of the Pavilion where the conference is to be held. Following the example of Gormanston they are having three simultaneous lecture streams enabling people to mix and match according to their choice.
The morning and evening walk will give me some much needed exercise!