I found this blog whilst searching for honey in France. We are on the hunt for interesting flavours, including lavender and sunflower. I once tasted a gloriously sunny tasting sunflower honey in the South Of France and was smitten. It was creamed honey, honey that has been whipped to break up any crystals that honey naturally has. The result is a thick, spreadable honey. Now I run a honey importing company, I am on the search for Sunflower honey again to add to our range of speciality honeys.
But back to the blog. Amelia moved to France a few years ago to garden, photograph and observe the huge variety of wildlife in the French Countryside. Here is her article on Mason Bees and she has also set up another blog especially for bees. Mason bees, solitary bees and other pollinators seem to get a bit of a raw deal against the honey providers and bumble bees. Amelia would love the see this change. She also led me to buy the book “A Sting in the Tale” by Dave Goulson – founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. http://bumblebeeconservation.org/. He bought a derelict farm surrounded by acres of meadow, to create a place for his bees and other myriad of insects to live. He has a great sense of humour and I am looking forward to taking his books to France when we finally purchase our barn over there.