Thursday, 4 June 2015

Urban beekeeping and Nudist craft beer

It is something of a surprise that some of the country's top rated honey comes from London. Apparently our flower-rich gardens and extensive parks and green spaces make the city a sort of bee-heaven, assisted by the eagerness with which London's fashionistas have adopted this season's must-have; a beehive on their Notting Hill roof terrace. You can probably buy them at the Conran shop, or at a boutique bee dealers in South Molton Street, hand crafted in Norwegian Fir from sustainable sources for £1,500 a pop. The problem has been that as with the fashionistas' vinegar mothers (died) sourdough yeast colonies (died) and balcony herb gardens (died), bees need maintenance. What their owners actually want is a hive with a tap on the side to drain off the honey on demand, but it doesn't quite work like this. And the lack of maintenance has led to widespread swarming this year as new colonies with their young queens emerge from Notting Hill in search of new homes. This is placing additional demands on London's established allotment and park beekeepers to collect and re-house the Luvvie swarms. Hey ho. 

And news reaches me of a Jazz and Real Ale Festival (I had to be careful typing that) at London's main nudist colony, or naturist foundation as they prefer to be called. Details HERE. They don't mention bees, and I'd imagine that nude beekeeping is a step too far even for the South-east. Clothed persons can drink ale and listen to the jazz unless they also want a sauna.   

Apols for the lack of anti-politics polemic; either the silly season has arrived early or I'm losing heart.

10 comments:

TrT said...

I stopped at chickens, who are pretty much maintainance free.
Bees sounded like a lot of work and there was a lot of none specific stuff as well.

cuffleyburgers said...

Agreed, chickens are great. We just got a pair of geese as well and I am very fond of them, fine looking and relatively low maintenance as well.

Barry Sigsworth said...

Great title - who could read the title and not then read the post?

DeeDee99 said...

Politics or not, you're always interesting Raedwald.

No bees, nothing of any kind these days .... but out for a walk in the village yesterday evening I found a huge stag beetle in one of the lanes and rescued it from being squashed.

Man Of Harlech said...

Good honey will come from bees who are allowed to feed on their natural diet - the orcatise of feeding them sugar iis detrimental.

G. Tingey said...

Our allotments have a resident beekeeper & of course, several hives.
Bumblebees are really important as well - especially for pollinating Peas & Beans.

Incidentally, the corrupt & greedy agrochemicals people are trying to get the ban on neonicotinoide pesticides relaxed or dropped.
There poisons are largely responsible for much bee-colony collapse, both in honey bees & the "bumbles"
They don't kill directly, apparently, but they screw with the bee's direction-finding mechanisms - so they fly away & get lost *& don't come back - & die.....

Man with Many Chins said...

There is actually a beehive in development with a tap on the side AFAIK. The idea being is that it can collect the honey with much less intrusion and upset to the bees.

Anonymous said...

With a little bit of forethought, solitary bees (Mason bees, leafcutter bees, bumble bees and 200+ other species) can be given a suitable egg-laying structure on a house or building which helps keeps their numbers up and is pretty much maintenance-free. The bees don't swarm either (the clue's in the generic name :-) ). There's much more pollination done by these species than by honey bees, so it depends on your motivation; if you want the honey, hard luck. Cheaper to buy it anyway. If you want to help the bees, this is the way to go. Leave the swarmy, stingy honey-producing things to the experts.

right_writes said...

Well how about that, I have been driving along Star Lane, a shortcut avoiding M25 and A roads, between Bromley and Dartford, where I used to work, for well over twenty years, and I never realised I was driving past a bunch of numpties with wobbly tits and willies practising their "healthy" activities.

Funny old world?

right_writes said...

Cont:

The biggest problem with Star Lane is the fact that it is used as an official distribution point for knacker waste services.

It is sometimes completely impassable, due to a whole 6 yard skipsworth laying in the road.