Notes from the Field

Beekeeping facts, flowers in bloom and outdoors living.

May is about...

First signs of summer, Bank Holidays and longer evenings

From the beekeeper

“We’re rearing new queens. The bees are pollinating on blossom, and we’re starting to think about honey extraction.”

News in Brief

Bees, the outdoors and natural living. There’s more in the archives »

Making a linocut for our new greetings cards

Read how Suzy Moger, local painter and printmaker, designed the new Filberts Lino Print Greetings Card. From initial sketches, to carving the lino, and printing the final piece, here's Suzy's story of how it was made. We decided that a linocut would be a great place...

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In the production barn today

This morning we made a batch of Lemon and Geranium Body Butter. As we are heading into Autumn and the weather cools I find my skin is drier and in need of a little extra care, so I’ve started using a little body butter on my face (when it's still damp) as a soothing...

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Making Muscle Rub

We've been making muscle rub today and one of the essential oils in the recipe is Yarrow (achillea millefolium) which is a gorgeous deep blue colour, because its composition is up to 51% azulene. Richard Mabey in The Complete New Herbal writes: "Its Latin name is...

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Late Summer Flowers

The cold spell in June meant that summer flowers are a bit later this season – it’s September but the bees are still feeding on golden rod and myrtle, usually finished by the end of August in Dorset. Michaelmas daisy is late, but that means there is still something to...

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Countdown to Summer Solstice

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What we’re making in May

by hand, with 100% natural ingredients

Beeswax candles, candle kits, candle cards

Lip Balms - Luxury, Mint Choc, West Country

Bumblebee feeding time

There are bees everywhere!

  • Garden flowers – grape hyacinth, pulmonaria, viburnums, daphnes     30%
  • In the veg plot – pollinating gooseberries and blackcurrants, broad beans     30%
  • In fields and hedges – willow, blackthorn, dandelion     40%

beeswax bars, block & queens made this month

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