What a great start to the day. A tray in bed with hot ground coffee, two perfectly boiled eggs, cereal and bread rolls with sweet honey. And maybe afterwards, I might just have another nap and perhaps have another tray again when I wake up!
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.
Summer over and delivering all my honey round London on my old scooter. Time to wrap up warm and plan for the new stocks of honey arriving. In Winter the slightly heady and spicy pine honey is just lovely on hot toast and the mint honey is good with lemon for the odd snuffles and cold nose. Over Christmas I will be adding my honey to a new hamper we are developing full of lovely things, like pine syrup, other honeys and salt mixes. If you would like a hamper please email me at – firstname.lastname@example.org and we can send you the details. You can even have one entirely full on different flavoured honeys to try – a lovely gift for honey lovers and anyone wanting to promote bees and give great raw honey as a gift. ♥
Back in 2013 we watched a memorizing, poignant and at some times shocking documentary about the declining populations of bees in our world. A quick reminder here of this film – MORE THAN HONEY. So worth watching for the cinematography and unknown to most of us – the journeys man forces upon the bees to pollenate our crops. Man has created a demand for bees and they now depend on us as much as we depend on them. The Friends Of The Earth are currently asking for uploads onto their website of how we are all helping the bees in our own small ways. Living in London it is almost a double edged sword. We are encouraged to keep bees to make people aware of this fantastic insect and what it contributes in our food manufacturing industries – that of pollenating our planet along with many other pollinator’s, but as happens so often the bees have limited food and struggle to survive. Hence why we need to keep the momentum going in planting wild flowers, hedgerows, ivy, and minimizing the impact of farming on field margins. In France recently, we notice extensive planting along motorway margins of wild flowers, as opposed to be left as here in the UK, to accommodate weeds and sadly litter thrown from cars.
Watch the film, feel inspired, a little guilty too sometimes, and do something to help the bees and other pollinators. ♥