This morning Members had the pleasure of attending Jan Horstink’s Apiary for the first bee safari of 2022.
Jan has an Apiary in Haughton with approximately 15-20 colonies in a number of hives, nucs, and a top bar hive.
It was a gloriously warm sunny morning in beautiful surroundings and the attending Members worked together to review and inspect a number of colonies, following a short briefing from Jan on each colony’s current status.
Afterwards Members cooled off refreshments and Jan’s signature Danish Apple Tart, (which I can confirm was extremely delicious!) and were them treat to a tour of Brazenhill Honey House – a very envious sight indeed!
Huge thanks to Jan for the kind invitation to visit your home and Apiary. The morning was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
In October I went to the National Honey Show. When we arrived it was very exciting, so after we had stood under an archway that said “welcome to the honey show” we went in immediately.
Inside the building were rows and rows of jarred honey. I was amazed at the many different colours. There was clear and set honey, and a range of colours including near black, brown, yellow and golden.
Next, we looked at the Junior Exhibits a few of them were, a stitched bee, a model of a varroa mite next to a honey bee and a painting of pollination.
There were over 350+ classes of exhibits. The most memorable for me included a giant bee hanging from the ceiling, a chessboard with chess pieces made from wax and some a teddies having eating a honey themed picnic. And guess what we found under a stitched quilt? …a queen!
Afterwards we met the author of Betsie Valentine and the honeybees. My family and I love the pictures and look forward to her next book. Me and my sister entered a colouring competition to win a signed copy of it.
Finally, we went and listened to a beekeeping lecture titled “things I wish I’d learnt earlier”.
Next year if I get the chance, I’ll definitely go to the show again and I might even enter some of the junior classes myself.