The 2017 Promises Auction was a huge success and raised a significant amount of money to help us fund improvements and sustain the project. Very grateful thanks to the steering group who did an amazing job and to all those who came along. What a wonderful evening it was. Thanks too to the incredible Sad […]
This winter we’ve seen significant snow for the first time in years but the livestock seem happy enough enjoying the ivy that the weight of the snow brought within reach. It was stunning on the field as the snow glistened in the sunshine. They say there maybe more to come. If there is, or […]
Some of us will be in the paddock 6pm on Christmas Eve singing carols. No music at the mo but that’s never stopped us before All welcome. Just for 20-30 mins. Need directions? Get in touch. Special requests for carols let me know as I’ll prepare a few carol sheets. Bring a torch. Merry Christmas!
We thought that one of our hives might be about to swarm this morning. The front of the hive was one third covered with bees at least three or four deep with a large cluster hanging down beneath the landing board. Complete congestion at the entrance. Bees pouring out, incoming bees loaded with pollen, water […]
Congratulations to our 3 nanny goats who each gave birth to twins last week. We now have 6 healthy, hop, skipping and jumping goat kids. They are the offspring of Little Ern, a black Pigmy billy who visited the field in the autumn. So these cuties are likely to be small goats, perfect for pets. […]
There is an article this weekend in the Daily Telegraph describing an investigation into the pollination of strawbwerries by both honeybees and wild bees. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/11211425/Why-bees-make-berries-taste-better.html It started me thinking about our bee plans for next year and what our objectives ought to be beyond maximising our honey crop. One of our additional aims could be […]
The bee team had great fun last night harvesting the honey from 2 supers. For some of us it was the first time spinning honey. Student bee keepers like me (Kate) learnt about why the bee caps honey comb, how to uncap the comb, how to spin and, as always, some fascinating information about bee […]