About the bees
Lots of people ask me how I got into beekeeping - and I have to admit that my inspiration was a lady called Chan, who I worked with.
Chan is a beekeeper and a really passionate believer in the contribution of bees to the good of the environment. She convinced me to sign up for a course which I did at the Oxleas Apiary in Shooters Hill. I was taught by the late John Large, who was a recognised expert in nuclear energy, as well as being a knowledgeable teacher of beekeeping. After an 8 week course, I was hooked and quickly bought the (extensive) kit and equipment and off I went.
I've never looked back!
About the bees
The bees are kept in hives locally, and are the 'Buckfast' type.
They can forage for pollen and nectar for up to 4km around their home. Forager bees tend to be at the end of their useful life.
The 'honey flow' is the pattern of collection and production of honey over the year, and means that availability is seasonal.
What does the comb look like?
Natural comb looks like the picture on the right, but normally, the honey in the hive is extracted from 'super frames' which are wooden frames filled with a wax foundation that the bees find easy to build onto and fill with delicious honey.
The honey is filtered through a sieve and then a strainer/filter which removes any small pieces of wax which fall from the comb during the first phase of extraction.
The honey isn't pasturised or cooked in any way so it retains all the natural benefits.