I was out on a country walk with a young lady, Alison, whom I hadn’t met before. It was a lovely day and we were constantly distracted by birds and flowers (both floral plants and flowing streams).
Alison told me that her job entails trying to encourage schools to become greener. Somehow the conversation veered into beekeeping. She knows that a couple of schools in the county have bees already and would like to encourage more to do so.
She asked if I had any experience of talking bees at a school so I told her about my session at my childrens’ old school a few years ago when I got 30 kids on a simultaneous sugar high when they all ate a chunk of comb honey and had to run around the playground to work it off. I also got one of them performing the bee dances. The session lasted much longer than planned because of all the questions the children asked so I/the bees must have got them interested.
Alison’s latest project is to encourage young entrepreneurship by doing green things. An idea is to latch onto the current anti-plastic movement by producing waterproof wrapping paper by coating it with beeswax. As it happened, we were approaching my house at the time so we paused while I fetched from my hall and gave her a plastic bucket partly filled with melted and filtered cappings from recently extracted honey. It saves me the hassle of turning it into blocks or candles and slightly reduces the messy jungle in the hall.
Alison now knows where to direct people if they want wax so possibly I might get rid of some cluttering up my cupboards and earn a little money thereby.